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Patras Carnival floats lampoon leaders

Participants took the opportunity to protest against the country's unpopular austerity measures demanded by the troika

A flaot depicting Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (C), Pasok's Evangelos Venizelos (R) and Fotis Kouvelis of the Democratic Left (Eurokinissi) A flaot depicting Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (C), Pasok's Evangelos Venizelos (R) and Fotis Kouvelis of the Democratic Left (Eurokinissi) The theme of this year’s Patras Carnival, which traditionally leads up to Lent (Clean Monday), reflected the country’s current political climate.

Carnival revelers in colourful costumes danced in the streets of Patras during the float parade on Sunday. The floats lampooned leaders, including Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Pasok leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis, leader of the Democratic Left. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also also the subject of a satirical float.

A satirical float depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Eurokinissi) A satirical float depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Eurokinissi) The Patras Carnival is the largest event of its kind in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe. It has more than 160 years of history. 

The Patras Carnival on Sunday draws a crowd (Eurokinissi) The Patras Carnival on Sunday draws a crowd (Eurokinissi)

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