Saturday’s Moscow City Day celebrations were full of food, arts & crafts, antiques fairs, singing, dancing, baloons and one big parade of international marching bands. Koreans BROUGHT IT. Also brought it: Moscow’s mayor, who cleared rainy skies for the day, so that people could enjoy the festivities (and then re-elect him on Sunday).
From top left, clockwise: Maltese (I think), Russian, Swiss, French, Russian and more Russian marching bands, representing different armed forces.
The marching band from South Korea showed up wearing sunglasses. Seriously. They were led by a group of break-dancers performing the Gangnam Style routine. My mother was all, ‘WHAT are they doing? What is going on? WHY?!’ Did I mention that this was a military parade? The breakers represented Republic of Korea’s Air Force. Insert your own “these boys are FLY!” horrible pun here.
But the Russians had horses! Horses that danced!
Scenes from the Arts & Crafts Boulevard: a bust of Socrates making his best Lenin impression while being saluted by the Young Pioneers; a very non-tortured-looking writer; all sorts of hand-made goodies for sale; does anyone need an iron?
“Victory Day parade on the Red Square.”
An endless row of food tents along the Gourmet Boulevard.
‘I ❤ Moscow’ cookie.
Clean-up trucks ready to go to work.