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Lucerne's Carnival Of Nightmares

Switzerland has the freakiest carnival in the world. If Guillermo del Toro and Caligula ever threw a parade, it might look a lil' somethin' somethin' like this.

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Musicians dressed for carnival perform at the Luzern-Carnival in Lucerne February 16, 2012. The history of Lucerne's carnival can be traced back over more than 600 years and is best known for its individually hand-crafted masks and costumes paraded in the town's streets and squares by thousands of revellers during the three-day carnival festival.

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People dressed as Swiss Federal Council politician characters Alain Berset, Ueli Maurer, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Simonetta Sommaruga, Doris Leuthard, Didier Burkhalter and Johann Schneider-Ammann.

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