Monday, May 11, 2015

Around Moscow : 9th of May : Victory Day

Happy Victory Day to Russia and Ex-Soviet countries.

We woke up early to catch the Victory parade and can get a good spot to view the parade. Well, not the actual parade but the parade of the military tanks, missiles, nuclear war head, you name it.

We left our hostel at 7.30 am or so and the parade starts at 10am. We stopped by Mayakovskaya station at Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa. At 9.30am, the metro is already packed with people, one of the exit of the metro was blocked and people were allowed to get off at one exit only, so imagine the crowd and how hard it was to exit the metro.

The road is block until 10.10-10.20 ish after Putin's speech and we were let to line along the Tverskaya-Yamskata Ulitsa, awaiting for the military tanks parade. I managed to get a really good spot infront, just right behind the railing.

The street while awaiting for the military tanks to pass by.

The military tanks are arriving. Look at how enthusiastic the Russians were. They were all chanting "Ura!" and thanking the army.

 A really enthusiastic army, appreciating all the cheers from the Russian crowd. He is giving a thumbs up to all of us cheering for the parade.


Nuclear war head or I think it is the nuclear war head.
I am not too sure which tank is which.

It is really sunny that day that it feels scorching hot.
When the military tanks drove by, the road became really dusty, so dusty that my camera was covered in dust so were I, my jacket was all dust.
I was so worried that the dust was going to get into my eyes and contact lens, some went into my mouth though. Not a pleasant feeling.
I felt so dirty at the end of the parade.

2S35 Koalitsiya-SV Self Propelled Artillery

T-15 Armata Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Armata T-14 Main Tank

I could not name all the tanks, but these are the few tanks that I could google the names of. Maybe some tanks junkie could help me out.

After the parade, we headed to Tverskaya metro station and then walk our way to Bolshoi Theater.
Streets are so crowded with people and festivals.

At Bolshoi, there were veterans sitting outside. To thank the veterans, on these day the people would give them flowers and say a word of thanks to them.

an old female war veteran sitting with her biography hanging on her side.

a crowd surrounding a war veteran and him telling the crowd his wartime stories.

It is quite rare that this street is blocked to all sorts of transportation, so it is chance to take a picture with Bolshoi Theater on this street. 

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