The theme of this year's famous annual carnival at Viareggio, which opened on Sunday (22 February) took a highly critical -- but humorous -- anti-government and anti-United States theme.
GV Floats and crowds at carnival
GVs & SVs Carnival floats illustrating Government crisis (4 shots)0.43
SV Crowds at street side
GV Carnival floats depicting international debts (3 shots)
GV People watch from balconies
GV & SV President Ford float headed by Dr. Kissinger as Statue of Liberty" (2 shots)
GV Carnival scene
CARNIVAL FLOATS AND CROWDS: CARNIVAL FLOATS ILLUSTRATING GOVERNMENT CRISIS: CARNIVAL FLOAT DEPICTING FOREIGN DEBTS: PEOPLE WATCH FROM BALCONIES: PRESIDENT FORD AND DR. KISSINGER FLOAT.
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Background: The theme of this year's famous annual carnival at Viareggio, which opened on Sunday (22 February) took a highly critical -- but humorous -- anti-government and anti-United States theme.
Colourful floats and costumes attracted thousands of people into the small resort town on the Italian north west east, fifty miles from Pisa.
While some floats took traditional subjects, including the Arts, as their theme, several others mirrored, in satirical style, the disillusion many Italians have with their politicians and the Untied States.
Italy's seven week old government -- the country's 38th since 1943 -- faces a financial crisis -- and angle exploited to the full by one carnival float. Another float depicted the government scandal following recent allegations that the United States Central intelligence Agency bribed certain Italian politicians and political parties.
In particular, U.S. President Gerald Ford and his Secretary of States, Dr. Henry Kissinger, were singled out for harsh satire in the carnival procession. President Ford was depicted as a grotesque all powerful figure while Dr. Kissinger was presented as the Statue of Liberty carrying bombs.