Portuguese carnival revelers poke enjoyable at Putin, Trump and Kim
LISBON (Reuters) – Portuguese revelers painting Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un as sharks, in a yearly carnival famed for its political satire.
Hundreds of individuals turned out on Sunday, regardless of rain, to parade and celebration by way of the streets of the city of Torres Vedras, which closes down yearly for a five-day celebration which organizers count on to attract 350,000 individuals.
“We do carnival because it’s a custom, we can’t go without carnival!” mentioned Afonso, 58, who was dressed as a maid taking care of a child.
“The carnival in Torres is the most Portuguese there is.”
This 12 months’s theme is Tides and Oceans. On a tableau within the city heart, there’s a determine of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a mermaid. The heads of Putin and Kim are connected to the our bodies of sharks holding knives and forks.
President Donald Trump additionally seems with a shark’s physique and is held quick by Neptune, god of the ocean.
Floats are pushed by way of the city. One has one other determine of Trump sitting on a bathroom formed just like the planet earth. Behind him is an offended Kim Jong Un holding a rocket.
“We have a great variety of originality,” mentioned Cesar Costa, one of many organizers. “This is a carnival about political and social satire.”
Carnivals marking the beginning of Lent have been celebrated in Portugal for hundreds of years and in lots of cities final a number of days.
Reporting by Miguel Perreira; writing by Axel Bugge; enhancing by Andrew Roche