In February, some friends and I joined a Volksmarch (People's March) to the Humbergturm in Kaiserslautern. It was so much fun; it was a torchlit hike to the tower, which is located in the forest on the south side of Kaiserslautern. Once there, we enjoyed some bonfires, beer, pretzels, fireworks, and even a brass band.
My friends are from the UK and we were discussing how if this event were held in either the UK or the US, there's a good possibility that a lot of the fun would be sucked out of it because of all the rules. People would probably have to be herded like cattle into a roped off "pen" and then "tagged" (wristbanded) like cattle if they wanted to drink. Here, it's not a big deal to drink in public. People can handle a few beers and the event can still stay family friendly.
Also, we were eying the fireworks and imagined that they wouldn't fly in the US (har har), either. The guy lighting them was a bit blasé and actually launched most into the trees (though they eventually came out the other end).
We had a great time and were glad that the event isn't like ones in the US/UK. It was a bit more exciting that way!