The pictures on the left and right are on the cover of a book about Fastnacht and show the typical masks worn during Fastnacht in the Upper Rhine area of Germany. The Upper Rhine is actually in the southwestern part of the country as is the State of Baden-Württemberg where we live.
The pictures above and below those two I took in our own town two years ago. We didn't get to any of the large parades this year as I had a cold and the weather was no different: Very cold! The costumes in each town are the same every year.
The back room filled quickly when the parade ended. A sea of white greeted us with some blue, green and red stripes here and there.
The Stammtisch, below, was well represented as always.
The Metzgereigasthof Rebstock is shown below left. The brothers Kollofrath at right: on the left, the Wirt (innkeeper) of the Gasthaus; on the right, the Metzger (master butcher). Both work together for special events. The picture on the right was a large advertisement on the wall inside the Gasthaus.