The Leningrad Region Celebrated Its Anniversary

Celebrations timed to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the Leningrad region were held in Gatchina. A historic carnival, a large-scale fair, performances by folk bands, a grand holiday concert, and awesome fireworks – this list of events included in the celebration is far from being exhaustive.
A massive carnival procession united 19 delegations representing every district in the region and the administration of the region. Costumes worn by the participants were a reflection of key historic events and ages in the history of the Leningrad region, from the ancient era to the modern era. Delegates of the Volosovsky and Volkhovsky District chose to depict the people who founded pioneer settlements within the territory of the region. Delegates of the Vyborgsky, Kingiseppsky, and Tikhvinsky districts appeared before the public in chain mail and plate armor in order to depict the Medieval Age, the age when fortress cities were built, many of which are well-preserved to this day. Many delegations chose to depict the "golden age" of Russian monarchy. Delegates of Lodeynopolsky District dedicated their performance to the origin and the rise of the Baltic Fleet, those of Gatchinsky District – to the age of Emperor Pavel the First, those of Luzhsky District – to Catherine the Great's reign.
Representatives of the Vsevolozhsky District were dressed in the uniform worn by soldiers during the Great Patriotic War (World War II), thus reminding the attendees that it is here, in the Leningrad region, the Road of Life that saved the City on the Neva River was constructed. Costumes worn by delegates of Sosnovy Bor, Podporozhsky, and Lomonosovsky Districts where a reflection of the great project of the age of communism.
Members of the government of the Leningrad region chose to depict the most complex historic age for the region. Delegates of the regional administration depicted the period of the New Economic Policy of the 1920s. Characters created by Soviet writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov appeared before the public. Among them were Ostap Bender, Shura Balaganov, Kisa Vorobyaninov, Father Fyodor, Madame Gritsatsuyeva, and Ellochka the Cannibal. The procession was escorted by a retro-car with
On the avenue named after Emperor Pavel the First, a large-scale trade fair was in place throughout the day, and the "Orimi Trade" group of companies participated actively. The "Orimi Trade" pavilion was one of the most visited and buzzing thanks to tastings of coffee and tea, a large coffee bar, quizzes, and competitions.
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