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Belgium revelers mock ISIS in annual parade

The annual event regularly mocks local politicians - but the addition of a float resembling ISIS militants was a first

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Belgium revelers marked an annual carnival this week by mocking the Islamist Militants Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The three-day Aalst Carnival begins each year on the Sunday before the Christian Lent. The annual event regularly mocks local politicians - but the addition of a float resembling ISIS militants was a first.

This week counter-terror raids foiled a major Islamist plot to kill police in the street, according to prosecutors.

Every year tens of thousands of people turn out to watch the event that features a Prince Carnaval, who symbolically becomes mayor and receives the key to the city, which is marked by reali life politicians being mocked.