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Carnival floats make fun of politicians in Germany

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A float depicting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a stick of dynamite in his mouth accompanied by the text 'Nuclear Program' makes it's way through the crowds during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Feb. 20, 2012. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.

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A carnival float depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy made from papier-mache at the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf Feb.20, 2012.

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Carnival revelers accompany a float with the likeness of outgoing German President Christian Wulff in the Rose Monday parade on Feb. 20, 2012 in Mainz, Germany.

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A carnival float depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing an umbrella skirt, symbolizing the Europen bailout fund (in German, 'Rettungsschirm') at the carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Feb. 20, 2012.

In Rio, the floats are spectacular, but in Germany, they seem to enjoy poking fun at world leaders.

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From Rio de Janeiro to Venice revelers took to the streets in colorful costumes.