Maastricht Carnival: It's not crazy, it's Carnival!

Maastricht Carnival: It's not crazy, it's Carnival!

Dutch Carnival, Maastricht
Every year, on the Saturday before Lent, the mayor of the Dutch city of Maastricht hands the key of the medieval city over to a festive Prince of Fools. 

It's not crazy, it's Carnival!
 

It is a symbolic reversal of power that ushers in a period of temporary insanity as the southern state of Limburg celebrates with costumed revelry, tipsy marching bands and a curious combination of pagan and Catholic tradition.

Maastricht becomes Mestreech, the prince and his band of Tempeleers are handed the reins and the entire region lives and breathe one thing only:

Carnival. Alaaf!