They walk around Cologne like this. In small or big groups, singles or couples and usually don't care when you stare at them. I got their full attention when I said "Helau, I am from around Mainz"
Mainz is the other center of "Karneval" in Germany and there's a big competition between the two cities.
Those gentlemen took it with good humor and grace.
Here in Darmstadt we don't celebrate "Karneval" - we are tough, hard working and usually totally humorless "-))) Na ja, not always.
The Gruffalo - in the extra - I met him on the fair ground.
Helau - I'll go to bed now and dream of "the carnival of the animals"