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Here is a sampling of carnival events around Europe. Times are included when available. Contact local tourist boards or their Web sites to confirm details or to get more information.

BELGIUMAalst: Feb. 3, parade; Feb. 4, onion toss, 2:30 p.m., Grote Markt.Binche: Feb. 3-5, with gathering of participants in center of town at 10 a.m. Feb. 3.Stavelot: March 1, parade at 8 p.m.; March 2, parade at 2 p.m., fireworks at 8 p.m., March 3, music groups at 3 p.m.

CROATIARijeka: Feb. 1-4, various events in largest carnival celebration in Croatia.

FRANCEDunkirk: Feb. 2-5, carnival festivities downtown.Menton: Feb. 16-March 5, Lemon Festival, including parades on Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and March 2 at 2:30 p.m.Nice: Feb. 16-March 2, parades, festivities and other events culminating with burning of effigies and fireworks.

GERMANYAachen: Feb. 3, children’s parade at 11:11 a.m. (center of town); Feb. 4, Rose Monday parade at 11:11 a.m.Bad Dürkheim: Feb. 5, parade at 11:11 a.m. from Römerplatz.Bad Wimpfen: Feb. 3, parade at 2:11 p.m.Beerfelden: Feb. 5, parade at 2:11 p.m.Berlin: Feb. 3, parade at 11:11 a.m., Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Hardenbergstrasse.Bremen: Jan. 25, children’s parade at 4 p.m. at Bürgerhaus Weserterrasse; Jan. 26, parade at 12:30 p.m. at marketplace.Buchen: Feb. 4, parade at 2:11 p.m.; Feb. 5, children’s parade at 2:11 p.m., Fastnacht fire at marketplace at midnight.Cologne: Feb. 3, parade at 11 a.m. at Chlodwigplatz; Feb. 4, Rose Monday parade at 10:30 a.m. at Chlodwigplatz.Dieburg: Feb. 3, guardsmen and horse troops gather at marketplace, 1:33 p.m.; Feb. 5, Fasching parade at 1:33 p.m.Dietfurt: Jan. 31, Crazy Thursday Chinese Fasching parade at 2:01 p.m.Düsseldorf: Feb. 3, Karneval on the Königsallee, starts at 11 a.m.; Feb. 4, Rose Monday parade at 1:44 p.m.Frankfurt: Feb. 2, Fasching “troopers” attack the Römerplatz and mayor hands over city key; Feb. 3, parade, 12:31 p.m. starting at Untermainkai/Untermainbrücke.Frankfurt-Heddernheim: Feb. 5, starts at 2:31 at Antoniussstrasse- Heddernheimer Landstrasse.Freiburg: Feb. 3, Carnival Street Samba at 11:11 a.m. at Rempartstrasse; Feb. 4, Rose Monday parade at 2 p.m.Fulda: Feb. 4., parade starts at 1:33 p.m. at train station.Furtwangen: Feb. 3, parade at 2:30 p.m.Gelnhausen: Feb. 2, parade at 2:11 p.m.Gross-Auheim: Feb. 5, parade at 3:11 p.m. at Sandgasse.Hanau: Feb. 2, parade at 2:11 p.m. starting at Willy-Brandt-Platz.Heppenheim: Feb. 3, parade at 2:11 p.m.Hirschhorn: Feb. 3, parade at 1:59 p.m.Hirschhorn-Langenthal: Feb. 5, rolling of the fire wheels at 8 p.m.Kiedrich: Feb. 4, parade at 1:33 p.m.Klein-Auheim: Feb. 3, parade at 1 p.m.Lorsch: Feb. 5, parade at 1:33 p.m. at Hügelstrasse.Mainz: Feb. 2, children’s parade, center of town; Feb. 4, Rose Monday parade at 11:11 a.m. in center of town.Ludwigshafen: Feb. 3, parade at 1:15 p.m., Ruthsenplatz/Leuschnerstrasse.Mannheim: Feb. 1-2, Fasching activities starting at 11 a.m. from Wasserturn to Kurphalzbrücke.Miltenberg: Feb. 2, parade at 1:13 p.m.Mittenwald: Jan. 31, parade at noon.Munich: Jan. 27, parade at 11 a.m. at the Odeonsplatz; Feb. 5, dancing of the Marktweiber at 11 a.m. on the Viktualienmarkt; Feb. 6, wallet washing, starts at 11 a.m. at the Fischbrunnen at Marienplatz.Neckargemünd: Feb. 2, parade at 2:11 p.m.Neckarsteinach: Feb. 5, rolling of the fire wheel at 7 p.m.Philippsburg: Feb. 2, parade at 2 p.m.Ravensburg: Feb. 4, Narren- sprung at 10 a.m.Rottenburg/Neckar: Feb. 4, parade 2 p.m., Fasnet fire at 11:30 p.m. in marketplace.Rottweil: Jan. 31, 2 p.m., children’s parade; Feb. 3, 2 p.m., children’s parade, starts at church; Feb. 4 and 5, parade (Narrensprung) at 8 a.m. and Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.; Fasching fire at 7 p.m. (Zepfenhan); burning of Fasnet at 9 p.m. (Göllsfdorf).Rüdesheim: Feb. 2, parade at 2 p.m.Schonach: Feb. 2, parade at 2 p.m.; torch parade, 7 p.m.Schramberg: Feb. 3, Hanselsprung at 2:30 p.m.; Feb. 4, boat races on Schiltach River in washtubs, 1 p.m., parade at 2:30 p.m.Schwetzingen: Feb. 5, parade starts at 3 p.m.Seligenstadt: Feb. 3, Children's Parade at 1:31 p.m. at the Protestant church; Feb. 4, Rose Monday parade at 1:31 p.m. at Protestant church.Steinheim: Feb. 4, Rose Monday parade, center of town, 14:11 p.m.St. Georgen: Feb. 4, parade at 2 p.m.Stuttgart: Feb. 5, parade at 1 p.m. in center of town.Triberg: Feb. 3, parade, 3 p.m.Villingen-Schwenningen: Jan. 31, children’s parade at 2 p.m. at Villingen and at 2 p.m at Schwenningen, parade to Villingen city hall at 5 p.m. with handing over of city keys followed by official opening of Fasnet events at marketplace; Feb. 2, 12:45 p.m. Narrensprung parade in Schwenningen; Feb. 3, parade at 2 p.m. in Schwenningen; Feb. 4, parades at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. in Villingen; Feb. 5, Fasching fire at midnight, and returning of city keys at Villingen; Feb. 6, wallet washing at 6:45 p.m., Narrenbrunnen, Harzerstrasse.Walldurn: Feb. 5, parade.Wasungen: Feb. 1, 2:11 p.m., children’s parade, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., parade.Weinheim: Feb. 4, Fasching events at marketplace; starts at 2:11 p.m.Wiesbaden: Feb. 3, parade, starts at 1:11 at the Elsässer Platz.

ITALYAcrireale: Jan. 26, opening parade and delivery of city keys to carnival king; Jan 27, parade at 4 p.m.; Jan. 30, children’s parade at 5 p.m.; Jan. 31, parade at 4 p.m.; Feb. 2-4, parades at 4 p.m.; Feb. 4 closing fireworks at 11:30 p.m.Venice: Jan. 25-Feb. 5, parades and Carnevale activities on the Plaza San Marco, the bridges and piers.Verona: Feb. 1-3, events include grand parade, historical regatta on River Adige and traditional distribution of gnocchi to city residents.Viareggio: Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and 5, 3 p.m., Feb. 10 at 5 p.m., parades.

SWITZERLANDBasel: Feb. 11-13, parades beginning with Morgenstraich, when bands of pipers crisscross city center starting at 4 a.m. Feb. 11.Bellinzona: Jan. 31-Feb. 5, parades and other events; Feb. 1, children’s parade; Feb. 2, music parade; Feb. 3, masked parade.Bern: Feb. 2, parade at 2:30 p.m., center of town.Zurich: Feb. 8-10, with main parade Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m.

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