The Most Irreverent Italian Carnival: Viareggio

Italy’s ousted prime minister Enrico Letta appeared dressed as Santa Claus carrying a big sign that read: “Cedesi attività” (“Out of Business”). Matteo Renzi, former mayor of Florence and prime minister to be, was reproduced both as Don Matteo on the bike, based on the popular character played on TV by Terence Hill, and as a Renaissance man called “Lo…Renzi il Magnifico" (play on words with Lorenzo Il Magnifico). Former Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was depicted as “L’ultimo immortale,” the immortal warrior.

There was something for everyone at this year’s edition of the Carnival of Viareggio, possibly the most irreverent of all Italian carnivals. Satirizing Italy’s current political crisis, the floats mocked many Italian politicians.

International leaders were also featured, including U.S. president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia president Vladimir Putin.

Plus several diabolical figures and monsters completed the parade of floats.

We think the carri look pretty awesome. Take a look:

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