Trump parade float Dusseldorf 2018

The Trump/Russia metaphor was not subtle.

  • Donald Trump and a metaphorical Russian bear were the stars of a parade held in Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • The traditional Rosenmontag procession satirises political subjects.
  • Angela Merkel and Theresa May were also featured.

A carnival held in the German city of Dusseldorf played host to an array of eye-catching parade floats – including one attempting to visualise Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia.

The float, which was paraded through the streets on Monday, showed a naked representation of the US president being mounted by a bear wearing a Russian ushanka hat emblazoned with a red star.

On the side of the bear was written Russland-Affare, which translates to “Russia affair”. Like its English equivalent, Affare has a sexual connotation.

Dusseldorf Trump Russia float

The float was a number of uncompromising satirical effigies offering a take on international affairs.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was depicted on one as a black widow spider. Around her are bones representing other politicians, and underneath it says “next, please!”

Angela Merkel Dusseldorf

It refers to ongoing coalition negotiations in Germany after their general election, which have seen many prominent figures leave government while Merkel maintains power.

A third float depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May, wearing a Union Jack dress in bed and doting on a deformed rat labelled “Brexit.”

Theresa May Brexit Dusseldorf

The procession is part of Germany’s annual “Rosenmontag” celebrations, which come just before Lent. It is a tradition for the carnival floats to mock the political themes of the day.

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