In the morning, as if it were a sin, I set a rain, turning into a downpour, with a gusty wind. Despite the tricks of the weather, the flowery and inventively discharged Dusseldorf revelers, jesters, fools and carnival merrymakers of all ages, sexes and skin colors began to gather on the streets and squares of the city, believing that the holiday would take place in any weather.
And they were right! Although the procession was delayed by an hour and a half - the organizers waited through bad weather - but at 15:30 all the 124 painted tractors, carts and cars with 8,700 singing, dancing and screaming participants in the caravan set off. “Manna from heaven” - candies, chocolate, soft toys flew into the crowd of onlookers. Three times HELAU, which means "Hurray!" In the language of local jesters.
The audience on both sides of a passing carnival train enthusiastic cheers meets each car. But as always, the center of special attention of this fascinating action is caustic, at times very angry, politically sharp and sometimes very funny and recognizable caricature dolls by the citizens' favorite, the permanent main artist of the Düsseldorf carnival Jacques Tilly. The themes of his plots - both urban, and federal, and global - and this time are topical. Here is Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who, according to the artist, pursued a policy on his chest and fed him racism and nationalism. This is the British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has got her long nose into the British economy and is destroying it with an ill-conceived brexit. Here, of course (where could they go without them ?!), Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, breaking the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Short Range Missiles, and the leader of the Polish Conservative Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, stifling a liberal Poland, and again the American President, covering up as dirty Angel, Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ibn Salman - the murderer of journalist Jamal Hasogdzhi, and tearing the ruling "big coalition" (him. GroKo) political quarrel, where the new leader of Christian Democrats Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer pulls right, Social Democrats Andrea Nales - left ...
What kind of snakes were baked on the chest of politics in Italy?
Not forgotten and longtime enemies of Jacques Tilly - right-wing extremists and nationalists of today's Germany. So, we see the monstrous face of the Nazi propagandist boss Goebbels, who pathetically and smugly pulls the tail of his student and follower, the bustling and scandalous member of "Alternative for Germany" (ADG) Björn Höck. “Great satire,” says my neighbor in the stands, “even if laughter gets stuck in your throat. Killingly evil satire! ”And then - another story about AdG: the party is sitting in a bath in a“ brown ”sauce, and the Federal Constitutional Protection Service of Germany looks at it through the fingers ...
A platform is passing by, reminding us of the theme for the prohibition of the movement of diesel-powered vehicles in the centers of several cities for the Germans: industry, government, and environmentalists are involved in the conflict.
What, hard times came for diesel cars?
In general, the theme of the ecology of the planet is reflected in many elements of the holiday. Here, for example, the satirical look of the same Jacques Tilly: a car with a recognizable figure of 16-year-old schoolgirl from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, who is considered almost an icon of the Fridays for Future movement. Greta’s classmates leave school once a week and go outside to express their protest against the blatant, in their view, inaction of the authorities in response to the threat of a global catastrophe.
Finally, two positive storylines. The first: a huge, all in the religious attributes of different denominations machine, the main slogan of which is tolerance: for the first time, evangelists, Jews, Catholics and Muslims go to the carnival! And the second story, calling for jesters of two cities, traditional, sometimes irreconcilable rivals - Düsseldorf and Cologne - to be together: there is a banner on the car, depicting the ober-burgomasters of these cities, Henrietta Recker and Thomas Geisel, smiling at each other: ! ”
In general, the holiday is clearly a success! And the cops are very pleased. “At this carnival,” a police spokesman told reporters, “pink Monday in the Rhine capital passed, extremely rarely, calmly:“ only ”299 people were sent to hospitals (compared to 590 last year), and only 80 (in 2018 m - 170) drunken youths. Helau!