Stars, in the mardi gras-distributed dialect of the Roman-founded city of Cologne (Rhine).
“Someone who goes in the cellar to laugh.” Someone with no sense of humor.
(YAY mond, dare tsoom LOCHH en in dane KELLER gate.)
“Mainz remains Mainz, in the manner in which it sings and laughs.” A formal annual municipal mardi gras television show that lasts for hours. News-related poems, jokes, songs and speeches are presented to the good-humored costumed crowd, whose tables are kept cheerful by a steady stream of beer and wine. Eventually, clown nose-wearing viewers fall into a reverie before their tv screens, occasionally remembering to blow “tra la!” on toy horns.
(My nts bl eye bt my nts, vee ess zing t oont lochh t.)
You have to celebrate the holidays on the days they occur.
(Mon moose dee FEST eh fire n, vee zee foll en.)
If you yell this during today’s carnaval parade in Cologne, costumed people will throw gifts at you that include chocolates, long-stemmed roses, shrink-wrapped blood sausage, and soap samples.