Germany is celebrating its traditional Women's Carnival "Weiberfastnacht" where the people of Cologne and surrounding areas dress up, drink local 'Kölsch' beer, dance and attend street parties.

However, a shadow looms over this year's festivities, after the series of sex attacks which occurred on New Year's Eve, where hundreds of women were groped, sexually assaulted and robbed outside the central train station, mainly by men of North African and Arab appearance, according to reports.

Cologne has done its utmost to make sure that the festival continues as normal, without security worries. It has do so by putting more police on duty, lighting dark alleyways and installing security cameras to make people feel safe.

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Revellers take part in the traditional 'Weiberfastnacht' (Women's Carnival) celebration in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters
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Revellers take part in the traditional 'Weiberfastnacht' celebration in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters
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Carneval revellers drink as they celebrate in Essen Central Station on their way to Cologne during the 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations as part of the carnival season in Essen, GermanyVolker Hartmann/ Getty Images
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Revellers take part in the 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations in Cologne, GermanyWolfgang Rattay/ Reuters
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Police patrol as revellers take part in the traditional 'Weiberfastnacht' celebration in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters
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Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker takes part in the 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations in Cologne, GermanyWolfgang Rattay/ Reuters
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Revellers take part in the traditional 'Weiberfastnacht' celebration in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters
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A surveillance camera is seen on the side of a building during the 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters

Cologne has now set up a special security point for females in the city centre where women and girls can find a safe haven in the crowded space. The president of the festival committee of the Cologne carnival, Markus Ritterbach said that "we have a security point set up by the city which is a safe haven for women who feel sexually assaulted and where they can find help."

Monika Kleine of the Catholic Women's Social Service Cologne said that the security point in the construction trailer is the first contact point for women - if anything should happen to them, allowing them to find some peace and quiet, away from the mania of the carnival, before seeing a counsellor if they wish.

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A reveller takes part in the traditional 'Weiberfastnacht' celebration in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters
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A so-called 'women's security point' is pictured in front of Cologne's Cathedral, western Germany, as Cologne's officials and police prepare ahead of the upcoming carnival seasonWolfgang Rattay/ Reuters
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Revellers walk past an empty bottles of alcohol during the 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations in Cologne, GermanyWolfgang Rattay/ Reuters
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Police patrol as revellers take part in the traditional 'Weiberfastnacht' celebration in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters
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A reveller walks past police during the traditional 'Weiberfastnacht' celebration in Mainz, GermanyKai Pfaffenbach/ Reuters
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A police officer sets up a mobile surveillance camera during the 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations in front of the main station in Cologne, GermanyWolfgang Rattay
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Female revellers take pictures during 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations as part of the carnival season in Cologne, GermanyVolker Hartmann/ Getty Images
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A carnival reveller stands behind a crowd barrier during 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations as part of the carnival season in Cologne, GermanyVolker Hartmann/ Getty Images
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Mobile police surveillance cameras are pictured in front of the steeples of Cologne Cathedral during 'Weiberfastnacht' celebrations in Cologne, GermanyWolfgang Rattay/ Reuters
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Jesters hold an umbrella during the 'Weiberfastnacht' carnival in Cologne, GermanyPatrik Stollarz/ AFP