Bad Schandau: carnival float with the inscription »Asylum ranch«
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A car from the Bad Schandau carnival parade in Saxon Switzerland has caused outrage.
"How an area gambles away its future despite the great landscape," commented Dresden City Councilor and SPD State Executive, Stefan Engel, on a video of the move on Twitter.
The pictures show the wagon with the inscription »Asylranch« on it, on which several people who have dressed up as Native Americans are dancing.
In the center a man in a rainbow suit is tied to a totem pole.
A sign on the side reads: »Germany decadent and sick, Winnetou seeks asylum in Sachsenland.«
The pictures from the weekend come from the move to Prossen, a district of Bad Schandau.
According to the organizers, model ships up to 15 meters long rolled through the streets for the 121st time.
The tradition is supposed to drive away the winter and the ice on the Elbe - so that the ships can navigate the river again.
The event attracted around 300 participants this year.
"What few people know: Saxony likes to celebrate carnival," wrote Lydia Engelmann, Green politician and city councilor from Freital, on Twitter.
»Unfortunately, the fools in Prossen are only too happy to confirm another Saxon cliché: the Saxons are (in parts) (re)real idiots.«
The Schifferfastnacht is organized by the Schiffergesellschaft »Elbe« Prossen e.
V. Their chairman Jens George defends the car.
"All of that is covered by freedom of expression," he told SPIEGEL.
Every year there is some motive that people get excited about.
"No one asks at the Cologne carnival either, when politics is being made fun of."
In recent years, there has often been excitement about carnival motifs in Saxony.
In 2015, several men and women with their faces painted black marched through Reinhardtsdorf in Saxony.
According to the “Tagesspiegel”, the signs read “Africans who love to travel”.
In 2019, the carnival club in Jahnsdorf in the Ore Mountains invited to the festival - the flyer showed two men in Wehrmacht uniforms.