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Revelers flock to carnival parades in western Germany; floats address terrorism, Greek crisis

  • A carnival float depicts a writing 'terror competition' underneath skeletons with turbans and the writings IS and Al-Qaida during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rose Monday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    A carnival float depicts a writing 'terror competition' underneath skeletons with turbans and the writings IS and Al-Qaida during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rose Monday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • A carnival float depicting German Chancelor Angela Merkel  as a mythical Cyclops and Greek premier Alexis Tsipras attacking her  during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rose Monday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    A carnival float depicting German Chancelor Angela Merkel as a mythical Cyclops and Greek premier Alexis Tsipras attacking her during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rose Monday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police secure the traditional carnival parade in Cologne, western Germany, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The foolish street spectacle in Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people ,is one of the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rose Monday. A parade in Braunschweig, Germany  was canceled yesterday because of a terror threat. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Police secure the traditional carnival parade in Cologne, western Germany, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The foolish street spectacle in Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people ,is one of the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rose Monday. A parade in Braunschweig, Germany was canceled yesterday because of a terror threat. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

Revelers have filled the streets in western Germany for annual carnival parades, complete with floats that allude to recent terrorist attacks and the showdown over Greece's debt.

Colorfully dressed revelers turned out in Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz for Germany's best-known carnival parades Monday, a day after local officials canceled a parade in the northern city of Braunschweig due to fears of an Islamic extremist attack.

In Cologne, one float showed a clown watering a pencil as a symbol of "freedom of fools" amid a forest of pencil stumps, a reference to last month's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A float in Duesseldorf depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a mythical Cyclops being attacked by Greece's new prime minister, who opposes her austerity-heavy approach to Europe's debt crisis.