Mar. 3 - Tens of thousands of revelers line the streets in Germany's carnival strongholds of Cologne and Mainz for the traditional Rose Monday parade, which this year ridicules a spying scandal following Edward Snowden's revelations. Tara Cleary reports.
A fanfare from the medieval city wall … ... gets Cologne's Rose Monday parade underway. It's part of Germany's carnival season and it's filled with revelers, music and floats. But once again, the weather did not cooperate. SOUNDBITE: Brigitte, spectator, saying (German): "I hope for a nice parade - and the sun! I asked for it up there!" (points to sky) And just around 100 miles south of Cologne, the city of Mainz was also celebrating. SOUNDBITE: Gregor, parade spectator, saying (German): "If you're from Mainz you have to go to the Rose Monday parade. There is no way around it! We have always come here and with all my friends, it's a lot of fun." Parade themes are usually political and this year was no exception as U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, Edward Snowden's revelations were satirized. These, of course included the NSA's bugging of German chancellor, Angela Merkel's mobile phone. But neither scandal nor grey weather could dampen spectators' spirits.