Today is "Rosenmontag", Rose Monday, in Germany, when most cities celebrate Carneval (Munich does it on Tuesday).
What you may not know is that the floats are traditionally used for political satire and skewering, with no holds barred. A few examples below from today's parade in Düsseldorf – enjoy.
|Merkel and Sarkozy|
|Iran's premier lights up with "Nuclear Program"|
|Merkel on the coalition bicycle, with the Freed Democrats, down in the polls, as a skeleton barely hanging on|
|Germany's President Christian Wulff stepped down on Friday over inappropriate behaviour and a request from the state DA to lift his immunity. Caption on the float: "...and so long!"|