Here is our contribution to Dar's Spring Challenge. It is not as famous as the carnival in Rio de Janeiro but it has very traditional roots that goes many generations back in time: The Fasend (carnival) in Zell.
Every little town has its very own ritual to awaken the Schalk (or Narro, as they call the joker or fun maker in local lingo).
There were several marching bands, some of the playing traditional music but the younger generations rather preferring jamming to jazzy style rhythms.
Same goes for the deck-of-cards (Spielkarten) joker. It's made out of 1800 cards, and about 10kg (22 lbs) heavy.
Now, there's undeniable proof, we Germans can be funny at times, you know.