Victory Day

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On May 9, a National holiday is celebrated in Russia - Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War. In all Russian cities there will be festive parades, fireworks and musical performances of famous songs of the war period. This day definitely unites all Russians. 

The main events of the festive programme on May, 9 

The celebrations in honor of the Victory Day will start with a parade of troops of the St. Petersburg territorial garrison of the Western Military District at 10.00 on the Palace Square. 

The holiday will continue at the Kazan Cathedral, where People’s Chorus of Victory will perform the most popular songs of war years: Holy War, Blue Handkerchief, Dark Night, Katyusha and many others. Any person can join the chorus to sing along with the others.  

At the same time in the Mikhailovsky Garden the festive celebrations will start with songs of the Great Patriotic War, dance and musical performances as well as with a chess tournament with a simultaneous game Victory Strategy. There will be also a karaoke zone and master classes of art studio on a military-patriotic theme. 

The concert of the soloist of the Mariinsky Theater Vasily Gerello, People's Artist of Russia, will be held near the St. Isaac's Cathedral. The artist will perform songs of the war years. Guests and citizens of St. Petersburg can enjoy the beautiful songs completely free of charge.

At 14:00 the festive programme Spring of Victory will begin in the Kirov Central Park of Culture and Recreation. Solemn events will start with the rally Memory Watch and will continue with the procession of the column of veterans and guests of the park, accompanied by a military brass band. Then a concert will begin at the Variety Theater, where St. Petersburg musicians will take part.

At 14:30 the column of veterans on retro cars will proceed on Nevsky Prospekt. Their route will cover the area from the Vosstaniya Square to the Palace Square.  After them the foot column of the Immortal Regiment will go along Nevsky Prospekt. Anyone can join the column. You just need to take a picture of your hero of the Great Patriotic War with you. If there is no photo, you can make a banner with his name.

The final point of the festive processions is the Palace Square. Here there will be the main concert of Victory Day. Among the participants: The Song and Dance Ensemble of the Western Military District, the Concert Choir of the Dunaevsky City Palace of Young Creativity Song and Dance Ensemble, People's Artists of Russia Alexander Rosenbaum Tamara Gverdtsiteli, singer Valeria and many others.

At 18:00 all the citizens and guests of the Northern Venice are invited to the park "Ekateringof" for three hours to plunge into the atmosphere of victorious May and dance to the melodies of the 30-40's performed by the military brass band. As a tasty complement to the festive programme there will be traditional delicacies of that time: the Soviet ice-cream, soda, patties and candies on a stick.

The celebrations of Victory Day will end with an artillery salute at the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress and beautiful fireworks at 22.00.  

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