"Since [the carnival organizer] OKK, given the short time available until the Monday before Lent, was not able to create an appropriate safety concept, it has withdrawn its application for approval of a Rose Monday procession in Orsoy," the Rheinberg clerk’s office said in a press release.
The city maintained that "there has not been a rejection of the Rose procession through the city of Rheinberg on Monday."
"Due to the current events in the context of immigrants, in particular the events in Cologne and other major cities, interference cannot be ruled out in particular by intoxicated persons in the vicinity of the central housing unit," the clerk’s office added.
North-Rhine Westphalia Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger has confirmed this week nearly every person responsible for the mass assaults on women in Cologne was of "foreign origin."
Over a million refugees have arrived in Germany from crises-torn North African and Middle Eastern states last year amid the heaviest migrant crisis in decades.