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How the Cologne Carnival will approach refugee issues
by Dagmar Breitenbach
The Rhineland region is gearing up for the culmination of Carnival, also known as the "fifth season." Parade floats, comedians and sketches poke fun at everything - the mass arrival of refugees is no exception.
Every village, every town and city in the Rhineland region celebrates Carnival, which kicks off in earnest on February 4, with almost a week of parades and costumed revelers partying on the street and in bars.
And, no matter how touchy or difficult a subject might be, it's bound to find its way into the Carnival sketches and themed parade floats that traditionally make fun of everything under the sun.
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