Germany’s (all of Europe, in fact) equivalent of Labor Day: May 1st. Banks and most businesses are closed, including the supermarkets. However, cafes, bistros, restaurants and especially beer gardens are in full swing. See my photos of Bamberg's samba band and speech event plus join me for a famous Rauchbier (smoke beer).
Bamberg, in Bavaria, Germany, holds its own when it comes to Fasching, the German version of Karneval or Mardi Gras. Here, I give you photos of the Fasching parade, including shots of the parade participants before the procession. Costumes, candy and fun; what else do you need for the last big hurrah before Lent?