Huge satirical models of Trump, Putin and Zelensky at German carnival parades
Shrove Monday parades are a traditional high point of the celebrations, with big displays in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Mainz.
Throngs of revellers took to the streets of Germany’s carnival strongholds on Monday, accompanied by floats that satirised the Ukrainian and Russian presidents, German politicians, former US President Donald Trump and many others.
Shrove Monday parades are a traditional high point of carnival celebrations in Cologne, Duesseldorf, Mainz and other places in western Germany, drawing large crowds of locals and visitors.
This year, a larger-than-life Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky progressed through the streets of Cologne with a sign reading “To be or NATO be”.
Mr Zelensky wants Ukraine to be able to join the Western military alliance.
Another had the former president and 2024 presidential candidate carrying scissors and a US flag cut into the shape of a swastika.
The war between Israel and Hamas was also a theme.
Germany’s unpopular government came in for lampooning, with chancellor Olaf Scholz portrayed as a sloth and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock as an elephant in a porcelain shop, the German equivalent of a bull in a china shop.