Trump elected “King of Fools” in NY April Fool’s Day march

FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
NEW YORK
Published 01.04.2017 23:09
Updated 01.04.2017 23:10
Participants wear President Trump masks as part of the event entitled: New York City's 32nd Annual April Fools' Day Parade: It's a Trumpathon! on April 1, 2017 in New York City. (AFP Photo)
Participants wear President Trump masks as part of the event entitled: "New York City's 32nd Annual April Fools' Day Parade: It's a Trumpathon!" on April 1, 2017 in New York City. (AFP Photo)

Wearing Donald Trump masks and marching behind a life-sized doll of the president sitting on a toilet, dozens of people took part Saturday in a wry and often bizarre April Fool's Day march in New York.

"Donald Trump has been elected King of Fools this year -- unanimously," Joey Skaggs, organizer of the parade, told AFP.

The annual parade, now in its 32nd year, traditionally lampoons public figures -- last year's made fun of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

This year's edition fell on a cool gray day and was smaller than usual, but no less colorful.

An effort to set a world's record for the largest collection of Trump look-alikes may have fallen a bit short, but onlookers seemed to enjoy it.

Marchers, many wearing masks of the real estate mogul-turned-president, walked behind a rolling outhouse in which a large Trump doll sat on the toilet.

The event's slogan: "Make Russia Great Again."

The parade began in front of Central Park on Fifth Avenue and ended before Trump Tower, where the president's wife Melania and young son Barron are still living.

"We need to take every opportunity we have to show our feelings about the fool in the White House," said Judy, a 55-year-old artist, who sported a Trump mask but declined to give her last name.

New York, one of the most diverse and politically liberal cities in the country, has been the scene of dozens of protests against Trump since his stunning election victory over Hillary Clinton in November.

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