Political satire is a traditional element to Germany's Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) carnival parade and the past 12 months have provided rich material for the float designers. From the ascension of Donald Trump to US Presidency, to the rise of the populist far-right Europe, the UK's Brexit vote and Germany's upcoming elections, all have been made into life size effigy's and were paraded down Germany's streets on 27 February.
Held on Shrove Monday, two days before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent, Rose Monday celebrations usually include dressing up in carnival attire, dancing and gigantic float parades. Every town in the Karneval areas boasts at least one parade with floats making fun of the current political themes. In this gallery, IBTimeUK presents some of the best pictures of political floats during carnival parades across Germany:
This article was first published on February 27, 2017