• A female reveller celebrates in front of the cathedral during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. After a string of robberies and sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in the city that police say were committed largely by foreigners, German authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of those events during the five-day street party. ( AP Photo/Martin Meissner

    New Year’s attacks overshadow start of Cologne Carnival

    COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cannon fire followed by a rain of confetti heralded the start Thursday of Cologne’s annual Carnival, when hundreds of thousands of revelers take to the streets and pubs of the ancient German city for five days of boisterous partying.