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Millions flock to Carnival street parades across Germany

Millions of dressed-up revelers and schoolchildren took to the streets across Germany to celebrate Carnival with elaborate costumes, chocolates and fervor Monday.

A participant dressed as a witch enjoys the carnival parade in Wuerzburg, southern Germany, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

The popular street parades in traditional Carnival strongholds such as Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz in western Germany were drawing huge crowds of locals and tourists alike.

A costumed brass band takes part in a carnival parade in Braunschweig, Germany,Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Peter Steffen/dpa via AP)

The Cologne parade was shortly interrupted in the afternoon when three people were injured, German news agency dpa reported. They were in a carriage and the horses pulling it bolted, dpa said.

Disguised participants enjoy the carnival procession in Ludwigshafen, Germany Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)

All over the region, schools were closed on Shrove Monday — the pre-Lenten celebration that precedes Ash Wednesday — so children could attend the parades featuring floats, brass bands and dance groups throwing candy, chocolates and flowers to spectators.

A so-called Federahannes, a carnivalist of the tradiotal Swabian carnival, jumps with a stick during a parade in Rottweil, southwestern Germany, on Shrove Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)

The costly, intricately built floats often feature huge, unflattering puppets of politicians, making fun of those in power.

A so-called Federahannes, a reveler of the traditional Swabian carnival, jumps with a stick during a parade in Rottweil, southwestern Germany, on Shrove Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)

Among the most daring floats was one with a naked U.S. President Donald Trump in the claws of a gigantic brown bear with the slogan "Russia scandal" written across his side.

Carnevalists stand beside a sun float during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Shrove Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was depicted as a black widow spider with blood-covered lips killing all her male competitors — whose names were written across little grey skulls lying in front of her.

A float depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May looking at her Brexit-baby during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Shrove Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

In Duesseldorf, the Jewish community participated with its own float for the first time, depicting the famously snarky German-Jewish author Heinrich Heine, who was born in the city.

A float depicts Merkel's challenger in last year's election Martin Schulz put himself into a mincer during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Shrove Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

At the Cologne street parade alone, parade participants plan to throw 700,000 bars of chocolate and 300,000 bouquets of flowers to spectators, dpa reported.

A float depicts German Chancellor Angela Merkel as black widow with the skulls of former opponents in front and the writing "Next one please" during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Shrove Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

A float depicts Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and Polish PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski with hammer and sickle and the writing 'right dictatorships' during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Shrove Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)