Rome distracts itself from current problems by playing dress-up

Men dressed in traditional ancient Roman costumes line up to parade along the ancient Roman ruins of the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum to celebrate the festivities of the Christmas of Rome in Italy.

Every year on April 21 the city celebrates its 753 BC foundation with parades and fighting in costume, re-enacting the deeds of the great ancient Roman Empire.

Picture: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini