Americans have the protest sign. Germans have the parade float. Each has it’s own unique merits. I couldn’t help but be equal parts delighted and horrified by the floats featured at the 2017 Rose Monday parades in Dusseldorf and Cologne. This gallery features Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and company in some compromising positions. Not like we haven’t seen that before…
The centuries-old tradition of German carnival starts in February and ends on Ash Wednesday, culminating in the festive parades and other celebrations before Lent begins. Political satire is a cornerstone of the annual parades and, as the Getty photographers featured here report, the ascension of Trump to the U.S. presidency, the rise of the populist far-right across Europe and the upcoming national elections in Germany provided more than enough inspiration for political parade float designs in 2017.
Emily Ray is Paste’s Design & Visual Arts Editor. She’s sick and tired of Donald Trump’s bullsh*t.
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She's just not that into you.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mows down democracy.
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The man really knows how to work those angles.
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Russian President Vladmir Putin and Donald "Teacher's Pet" Trump.
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That's Russian for criminal motherf*cker, right? (*Kidding. Eto shutka.)
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin under the motto 'Problem-Baer' (Trouble-Bear).
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A slogan-bearing float that shows Volkswagen engineers being welcomed by a Ford employee makes its way through carnival revellers.
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A float featuring German Social Democratic (SPD) politician Martin Schulz.
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A float featuring a terrorist of IS and a member of german party AfD (Alternative fue Deutschland) prior to the annual Rose Monday parade.