A convoy made up of 90 vehicles brought 140 tons of foodstuffs to town. It is
surrounded by a crowd. Staff dressed in red-and-white uniforms are
throwing the convenience goods towards the people, who are desperately
screaming for food. Some of them have come a long way and grab any
package they can get, hold up bags, as well as hats and umbrellas upside
down, hysterically scream at every catch; motivated either by joy or
envy. Security staff try to keep the masses at a safe distance. Children
are poking the garbage for food long after the convoy has passed.
It’s just fun! It’s been a long time that anybody starved here. They are throwing "Kamelle", i. e. toffees, and chocolate. What looks like a heathen custom at first glance is a christian one in reality: "Carnival" is based on the Latin expression for "no more meat" ("carne" = meat, levare = "to take away") and hints at the Lent period immediately before Easter. (The last night you’re still allowed to tuck in is the so-called "shrove tuesday".)
Just fun? Some participants pull a face as if they had been forced to do it:
Other attendants’ smirks seem to be a bit "put on" ....
But to be fair: 1 million carnival revellers attended the Carnival Monday Parade in Cologne on 03/03/03 and had fun, indeed, as you can discern from these pictures: