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German Carnival parades defy weather, poke fun at powerful

Updated : March 05, 2019 02:47 PM IST

Germany's main Carnival parades got underway on Monday in the face of some windy weather, with floats poking fun at US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Organisers trimmed some frills from the annual parades because of the weather front across western Germany. Parades in the traditional Carnival strongholds of Mainz, Cologne and Duesseldorf cut horses from Monday's events. Cologne also decided to do without flags and signs, while the parades in Duesseldorf and Muenster were delayed for around two hours.

Some smaller parades, such as those in Bottrop and Fulda, were cancelled altogether.

Revellers weren't letting the poor weather dampen the traditional Carnival irreverence.

In Duesseldorf, one float portrayed a naked Trump as the guardian angel of a Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman clutching a bloody chainsaw. That was a reference to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The kingdom denies that the crown prince knew of a plot to kill Khashoggi.

Another float showed Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin ripping up a nuclear arms treaty. And a few weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union, May was depicted with a long nose impaling a man wearing a Union Jack hat and carrying briefcases marked "economy."

A carnival float depicts Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin cutting the INF Treaty prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centres of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rosemonday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin cutting the INF Treaty prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centres of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rosemonday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts President Donald Trump as an angel of peace behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a bloody chain saw prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts President Donald Trump as an angel of peace behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a bloody chain saw prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A dog in a costume is seen prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A dog in a costume is seen prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts the Diesel Crisis for German car drivers prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts the Diesel Crisis for German car drivers prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Brexit prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Brexit prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Brexit prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Brexit prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts President Donald Trump as an angel of peace behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a bloody chain saw prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A carnival float depicts President Donald Trump as an angel of peace behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a bloody chain saw prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
People jump on the street during a carnival parade in Herbstein, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Uwe Zucchi/dpa via AP)
People jump on the street during a carnival parade in Herbstein, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Uwe Zucchi/dpa via AP)
A Federahannes, a Rottweiler fool figure, attends the traditional 'Rottweiler Narrensprung', (Rottweil Fools Jump), carnival celebrations in Rottweil, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
A Federahannes, a Rottweiler fool figure, attends the traditional 'Rottweiler Narrensprung', (Rottweil Fools Jump), carnival celebrations in Rottweil, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
A Federahannes, a Rottweiler fool figure, leans on his stick while jumping during the traditional 'Rottweiler Narrensprung', (Rottweil Fools Jump), carnival celebrations in Rottweil, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
A Federahannes, a Rottweiler fool figure, leans on his stick while jumping during the traditional 'Rottweiler Narrensprung', (Rottweil Fools Jump), carnival celebrations in Rottweil, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
A satiric carnival float with a figure depicting Queen Elizabeth holding a bag with an application for asylum is on display at the carnival parade in Mainz, Germany, March 4, 2019. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
A satiric carnival float with a figure depicting Queen Elizabeth holding a bag with an application for asylum is on display at the carnival parade in Mainz, Germany, March 4, 2019. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
People celebrate during a carnival parade in Cologne. Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. ( Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
People celebrate during a carnival parade in Cologne. Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. ( Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
A Federahannes, a Rottweiler fool figure, leans on his stick while jumping during the traditional 'Rottweiler Narrensprung', (Rottweil Fools Jump), carnival celebrations in Rottweil, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
A Federahannes, a Rottweiler fool figure, leans on his stick while jumping during the traditional 'Rottweiler Narrensprung', (Rottweil Fools Jump), carnival celebrations in Rottweil, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
A satiric carnival float depicting the pollution of the ocean with plastic presents during the carnival parade in Cologne, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
A satiric carnival float depicting the pollution of the ocean with plastic presents during the carnival parade in Cologne, Monday, March 4, 2019. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
Spectators celebrate in a window of a building during the carnival parade in Cologne, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. ( Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
Spectators celebrate in a window of a building during the carnival parade in Cologne, Germany, Monday, March 4, 2019. ( Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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