IN PICTURES: Politics takes centre stage in 'Rosenmontag' parades throughout Germany

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The Local - [email protected] • 20 Feb, 2023 Updated Mon 20 Feb 2023 18:18 CEST
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A float entitled "Embodied Quotes" depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin kissing the devil rides past the Cologne Cathedral. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Rolf Vennenbernd

Costume-clad Revellers took to the streets to end Germany's famous Carnival season on Monday. Cities like Düsseldorf are especially known for their colourful parades, which this year carried particularly strong political messages.


Co-chairwoman of the Alternative für Deutschand (AFD) is depicted licking the boots of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in a float entitled "Conditions like in ancient Rome” in Cologne. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Oliver Berg
Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) got a lampooning in this float showing him swallowing toads inscribed with the words "Atomic Power", "Rearmament" and "Gas from Dictatorships". Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Federico Gambarini


Members of the "C.C. Rote Husaren Mainz-Kostheim" club stand in front of the Mainz cathedral in clown costumes. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Andreas Arnold
A float with the inscription "Free Iran" shows a mullah entangled in the flowing hair of a young woman in Düsseldorf. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Federico Gambarini
One float in Mainz depicts Russian President Vladimir Putin as a black storm cloud blowing a "sharp east wind" toward the European Union. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Andreas Arnold
A woman is dressed as a character from Avatar during the Rosenmontag parade in Mainz. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sebastian Gollnow
A float with the inscription "Miss Brexit '23" shows a skeleton holding two flags with the Union Jack. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Federico Gambarini



The Local 2023/02/20 18:18

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Alles Gut in Stuttgart 2023/02/21 14:05
We saw a float at the parade in Koln yesterday featuring the figure of a European looking man bowing down and reaching out to hold the hand of a giant figure of a man in Middle-Eastern garb. The Middle Eastern figure's nose looked like an oil pipe spigot. There was a slogan on the float in Koln dialect which I was unable to translate even by asking nearby German speakers I suspect it was a statement about how Europe has increasing turned to the Saudis for oil.

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