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Rosenmontag in Mainz

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Life is like a carnival ride. You can play it safe and ride the merry-go-round, it’s predictable. But, myself personally, I will ride the rollercoaster, for all it’s glory and thrills, It’s ups and downs, twists and turns, and rushes. Isn’t life a rush ?

– Lynette Mack, Moonshadow

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We spent the morning hosting an early breakfast party for friends, sipping Bloody Mary’s, and catching up.  When the parade began promptly at 11:11am, we secured a front row seat to the madness of the Rosenmontag parade and enjoyed every second of it.  My favorite memory of the day is our friend C waking up from a post-parade nap and insistently referring to that morning as “yesterday.”  It took a lot of convincing for him to believe that it was still the same day and there was more fun to be had.   It may take a whole year to recover, but we’ve all vowed to come back for next year’s spectacle!
For more on Fastnacht, check out my posts on Mainz’s traditions and Wiesbaden’s parade.  Also, my friend Erica wrote about the weekend  here and here.
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I'm an American living in Mainz, Germany and, after a a one-year sabbatical from office life, working as a corporate lawyer in Frankfurt. While living in Europe with my fiancé, my goals are to see as much art, taste as much food, and experience as much life as possible.

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    • Thank you, Liz! It was a crazy, overly-stimulating weekend, but I lived to tell the tale. The Germans really know how to throw a good party.

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