The float below was seen during a Rosenmontag carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany. Who is getting spanked here? :-)
The most traditional carnival (Fasnet) though is in the Southwest of Germany where I grew up. My favorite one and most likely the one with the most tradition is in Rottweil, Germany where my dad grew up.
Here are a few impressions of masks and costumes of the big Rosenmontag 8am parade in Rottweil: