Munich's carnival season (during which hundreds of parties and events take place) starts with the official "coronation" of the carnival Prince and Princess on the Marienplatz and reaches its peak on Shrove Tuesday with the dance of the market women on Viktualienmarkt. On Ash Wednesday locals queue in front of the Fischbrunnen fountain to rinse their purses; this act ensures that the purses will soon be full again. Make sure you can get to one of the carnival events if you are in Munich January through March.
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