17 Parade Floats That Are (Almost) More Terrifying Than Trump's Presidency

Rose Monday Carnival 2017: Recap

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17 Parade Floats That Are (Almost) More Terrifying Than Trump's Presidency

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.