Revelers celebrate the launch of Germany’s carnival

Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:37pm EST
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COLOGNE, Germany - Wearing costumes and with painted faces revelers sang and danced at the start of the carnival season in Germany on Wednesday.

The annual festival, one of the biggest in Europe,  traditionally begins on Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. and includes live music and  stage performances. The festival season breaks during Advent and Christmas before picking up again in the New Year.