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The carnival parade in Düsseldorf

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The float from which we live the parade

I am going to tell you my great experience of Monday carnival in Düsseldorf.

It's 8 in the morning and I can't sleep anymore. The fault is not of the immense and comfortable bed of the Steigenberger Park Hotel but of the excitement, which I felt much more often when I was little and adulthood has been stealing me vilely, which, finally, makes me jump up and landed right next to the window.

I uncover the curtain and find the beautiful view that has been greeting me every day since my arrival in Düsseldorf. Right in front I have a couple of avant-garde buildings. If I wanted to walk to them, I would have to cross a small channel that acts as a natural limit of the Hofgarten park, which occupies my left viewing angle. At my right hand begins one of the main arteries of the city, the Königsalle street, a place that becomes a constant party when the time comes for carnival.

And today is Carnival Monday, the biggest holiday day.

Our float represented some buildings in Düsseldorf

We will participate in the big parade that runs through the city center. Some may seem like a trifle but I assure you that getting on one of the floats of the carnival is something that almost all the inhabitants of Düsseldorf consider a honor equal to few.

I dress and go down to breakfast at the hotel buffet. We are going to eat late, so I decide to accumulate reserves and choose many foods from the wide variety of quality products - salted, sweet, dairy and fruit - that are available. Then I go out to take some photos of the historical center of the city. Operators work by placing the last fences, chairs and speakers, while the public has breakfast or drinks their first beers.

At 11 in the morning I meet my classmates in the lobby. We are all dressed up, but there are no surprises because the outfits are the same as we wore on Saturday. My Minion costume is a last minute resource that has not monopolized almost any look down the street, but today, uploaded to one of the floats, it will not matter much: they will shout at us all equally.

We take metro and train to get to the point where all the floats meet before leaving. That is an explosion of color and music.

Acid criticism is also present. And it must be like that.

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