The capital town of the Hungarian plans, Debrecen, has long been famous for its fairs and markets of livestock.
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SV Carnival procession led by the Prince and his family (4 shots)
GV Hussars and traditional dancers (4 shots)
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GV Gypsies dancing followed by donkey carts (3 shots)
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Background: The capital town of the Hungarian plans, Debrecen, has long been famous for its fairs and markets of livestock. But the highlight of the year is the traditional Carnival on February 6.
It's a mammoth celebration, with the organisers arranging more than 500 parties, dances, balls and exhibitions.
Colour is the keynote during the carnival procession, heralded by bands of drummers, then led through the streets of the city by the Carnival Prince and his Beauty Queen. Clowns, hussars, gypsies all play a part in the procession.
And so does livestock, as is appropriate in an animal-rearing area. In fact, a procession of donkey carts signals the end of the procession. The significance of this, say the organisers, is that you would need to be an ass not to enjoy Debrecen's carnival.