Throngs of revelers have taken to the streets of Germany’s Carnival strongholds together with floats that satirized the Ukrainian and Russian presidents, German politicians, former U.S. President Donald Trump and plenty of others
DUESSELDORF, Germany — Throngs of revelers took to the streets of Germany’s Carnival strongholds on Monday, accompanied by floats that satirized the Ukrainian and Russian presidents, German politicians, former U.S. President Donald Trump and plenty of others.
Shrove Monday parades are a conventional excessive level of Carnival celebrations in Cologne, Duesseldorf, Mainz and different locations in western Germany, drawing giant crowds of locals and guests.
Yearly, floats handle present nationwide and international political points with biting sarcasm.
This yr, a larger-than-life Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy progressed by the streets of Cologne with an indication studying “To be or NATO be.” Zelenskyy desires Ukraine to have the ability to be a part of the Western army alliance.
In Duesseldorf, a float depicted Trump stabbing a Ukrainian soldier within the again — a reference to opposition amongst Republicans to help for Ukraine. One other had the ex-president and 2024 presidential candidate carrying scissors and a U.S. flag minimize into the form of a swastika.
In Mainz, a “Barbies and Ken” pink automotive float featured Russian President Vladimir Putin behind the co-leaders of two German political events, the far-right Various for Germany and the brand new Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance, that criticize sanctions towards Russia and oppose weapons deliveries to Ukraine.
The warfare between Israel and Hamas was additionally a theme. A float in Duesseldorf depicted a determine in army garb labeled “Hamas” pushing what seemed to be a household towards an Israeli tank.
Germany’s unpopular authorities got here in for lampooning, with Chancellor Olaf Scholz portrayed as a sloth and International Minister Annalena Baerbock as an elephant in a porcelain store, the German equal of a bull in a china store.