As the 2014 Karneval season draws to an end we like to celebrate with a bang. Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), acts the grand finale of Germany’s Karneval season and beginning of Lent. Germans throughout the county, and specifically Köln, host parades where sweets (Kamelle) are thrown into the crowds lining the streets among cries of “Helau” or “Alaaf.” Elaborate costumes, floats, and jubilation flood the country and it is our pleasure to share in the fun here in America. Hosted at the D.A.N.K. Hall on Western Avenue in Chicago this event is where the most spirited of Karneval revelers enjoy the final hurrah. The name “Rosenmontag”, derives from “rasen montag” to rave or rage or “live-it-up Monday!” And, live it up we do!