The year starts off in style in Frankfurt and the surrounding regions. Right after the tapping of the first cider of the season, the carnival parties and parades are already taking place, and are especially lively in nearby Mainz. The clown costumes have hardly been put back into the closet when the next events hit the Frankfurt scene, the spring festivals, the largest of which is the three-week long Frankfurt Spring "Dippemess" in April. After these warm-ups, the season really starts to get going. Partyhardy types could probably attend a different festival every day.