Maastricht Carnival

I went down to Maastricht this weekend for the Carnival festivities. Maastricht is situated in the very south of The Netherlands, right in between Belgium and Germany. It was therefore a very international affair with lots of um-pa music in languages that I couldn’t understand.
There were plenty of colorful costumes, and unlike any celebration in the US, beer was generally available in glasses outdoors. I’ve never been to a Mardi Gras or any other Carnival celebration, so I can’t make any comparisons. I can, however, offer a few pictures:
Sunday’s crowd on the main square:
Maastricht Carnaval Crowd
One of the large ship-shaped parade floats:
Maastricht Carnaval Float
Bar worker rounding up glasses from the street:
Maastricht Carnaval Beer