The float-makers of Carnival in Viareggio have a knack for turning modern politicians into giant papier-mache sculptures. In 2016, giant effigies of Matteo Salvini of Italy and French politician Marine Le Pen paid a visit to the parade.
OK, not technically a float, but come on... These balloon heads of Dorothy's friends from "The Wizard of Oz" made a special appearance at the Macy's parade in 2014 for the 75th anniversary of the 1939 film classic.
In October of 2016, there was a parade held in Sydney, Australia, celebrating 100 years of Taronga Zoo. The parade recreated the moment when the real animals of the Taronga Zoo were led from an older facility through the streets to their new home.
This riot of dancing shellfish is called the Bacchatality float. It's the brainchild of the Krewe of Bacchus, which participates in the yearly Mardi Gras parades. This float carries members of the New Orleans hospitality industry.