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Moscow celebrates 70th Victory Day on 9 May

Moscow gears up for Victory Day celebrations.
Moscow gears up for Victory Day celebrations. Image by Brandon / CC BY 2.0

Moscow will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory in WWII on Saturday 9 May, with 2.5 million spectators expected for events taking place all day around the city. The highlight of the celebrations will be a massive military parade featuring 200 military vehicles, 150 aircraft and 14,000 soldiers, which will start at 10am on Red Square and broadcast live on TV. Concerts and film screenings will be held at five main locations: Pushkinskaya Ploshchad, Tverskaya Ploshchad, Teatralnaya Ploshchad, Poklonnaya Gora and Patriarch’s Ponds. At 3pm people will march along the city’s main boulevard, the Tverskaya, in honour of those who were killed in combat. WWII karaoke and military cuisine will be organised in the main pedestrian areas, and free tours of WWII sites are taking place from 8 to 10 May. The city will observe  a moment of silence at 6.55pm, and at 10pm the celebrations will end with huge fireworks from 16 locations. Read more: themoscowtimes.com