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One of the colorful - and flowery - participants at the Ramstein Carnival parade on Tuesday.
One of the colorful - and flowery - participants at the Ramstein Carnival parade on Tuesday. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

RAMSTEIN, Germany — Thousands of Carnival revelers didn’t let the elements spoil the fun, but it did rain on their parade on Tuesday.

Despite rain, clouds and wind throngs of costumed denizens lined the streets of this western German town to celebrate the final day of the carnival season with the 68th Westricher Fastnachtumzug, as the parade is known locally, the largest in the Westpfalz region of Rheinland-Pfalz.

There were cowboys and Indians, clowns and witches among the spectators and members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band were among the more than 1,000 participants in the parade.

The weather did delay the start of the parade by an hour and the route was shortened by half.

Local carnival groups threw candy to thousands of spectators lining the streets, as children scrambled to fill their bags with the goodies.

The Carnival celebrations came to an end in Germany before Lent begins on Wednesday.

abrams.mike@stripes.com Twitter: @stripes_photog

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