This year’s Avliotes Carnival on the north-west side of Corfu in Greece, despite its usual problems of weather and last minute arrangements, went without a hitch. It was blessed with a mild warm day and a huge turnout even though it was raining in the morning!
This year’s theme, if there was a theme to the carnival, would be of ‘politicians that don’t keep their promises’! This of course is nothing new nor is it something which happens only in Greece but it exist everywhere!
This years Karnabalos (Carnival King) is of a politician asking to be re-elected! The carnival participants were satirizing daily life through the various floats in the parade: for example when will roads be completed , filling in the endless pot holes, trusting political parties since they got us into this crisis, the graft and corruption which have made our politicians wealthy!
Lampooning these conditions is an outlet for our anger and impotence to change things. A way to let off some steam, sadly our politicians are immune to our cries of dissatisfaction!