Just like going to the wrong Victory Park a few days ago... today, I missed the main parade down Nevsky Prospect. The Hostel people told me it was at 10:00... but that was not very impressive!
The real parade was at 6:00 pm, and I was in the hostel making myself supper! Oh, well... I went down to the main party square (in front of the Hermitage) for a few hours (7-9).
The older folks that were in the army or were residents of Leningrad during the seige were approached every now-and-then by small groups of young people, or cute little girls, that gave them flowers and thanked them. From what I could tell it was all very real and very heartfelt. The scenes were very touching/moving.
Again, I was surprised by the number of groups of teenage girls paying tribute to these people. I wish we had scenes like that during our Remembrance Day.
I decided to leave the main square at 9:00 as things were getting a little crowded. On the way back to the Hostel, Nevsky was closed to traffic and had been taken over by hoards of people were heading to the square for the fireworks at 10:00. The Hostel is about 1km away from the fireworks and they were still very loud and booming = shaking things in the building. they must set them to be extra loud... I guess they don't have any stupid safety rules re. hearing in Russia OR perhaps they are trying to recreate an artillery barrage.... Hmmm.
Hapiness and Joy