Incredibly detailed floats from Italy's Viareggio Carnival Parade

Every American knows the Mummers Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade create wacky and fascinating floats each year, much to the delight of the thousands of people who line up in the cold for a chance to see them in person.

Another famous parade that's known for its detailed floats occurs a hop and a skip across the Atlantic ocean at the Viareggio Carnival in Italy. The parade is considered the highlight of the carnival's festivities and one of the most important carnivals in the country. The carnival runs for the entire month of February and commences just in time for Lent to begin.

The carnival originally started in 1873 as a masquerade for the Italian elite to express their displeasure with high taxes. Nowadays the parade's main focus is their papier-mâché floats that draw locals and tourists from all over the world, not to mention the masked musical-filled parties that take over the streets at night.

Every year the floats become more advanced with moveable pieces that the crowd goes wild for. The floats tend to highlight politics, celebrities, culture and fanciful characters. It shouldn't come as a shock that one political figure in particular appeared on various floats despite his ties to another country...

Check out the masterpieces below:

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VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float representing American President Donald Trump moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float representing an astronaut and some martians moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
A carnival float entitled 'The Seed of Beauty' rolls through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional carnival in Tuscany on February 12, 2017 . / AFP / Claudio GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
A carnival float entitled 'Che Gue Pop ' rolls through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional carnival in Tuscany on February 12, 2017 . / AFP / Claudio GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
A carnival float entitled 'Mad Donald Trump' depicting US President Donald Trump and former US democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, rolls through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional carnival in Tuscany on February 12, 2017. / AFP / Claudio GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
A carnival float entitled 'The harebrained Trump ' depicting US President Donald Trump and former US democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rolls through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional carnival in Tuscany on February 12, 2017 . / AFP / Claudio GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float called 'Chinatown Street' representing the super economic power of China that exceeds the United States moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float called 'Borders' with the denunciation of the walls to divide the Nations and the weakening of Europe moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float called 'Borders' with the denunciation of the walls to divide the Nations and the weakening of Europe moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float representing Italian former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other politicians moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float representing polar bears and animals that are victims of the ecosystem that is collapsing moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
VIAREGGIO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: A giant papier-mache float moves through the streets of Viareggio during the traditional Carnival of Viareggio parade on February 12, 2017 in Viareggio, Italy. The Carnival of Viareggio is considered one of the most important carnivals in Italy and is characterised by its giant papier-mache floats depicting caricatures of popular characters, politicians and fictional creations. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
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