Rose Monday parade in Mainz

The highlight of the carnival in Mainz is the Rose Monday parade. With around 9,500 people actively taking part, it is one of the biggest Rose Monday processions in Germany along with those in Cologne, Eschweiler and Düsseldorf. What's more, it has a long tradition. Carnival-goers made their way through Mainz city centre back in 1838 – just as they will this year on 20 February 2012 to the delight of over 500,000 onlookers.