St Patricks Day in Moscow
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On the 15 March 1992 thousands of delighted Muscovites lined Novy Arbat to witness the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Russian capital's history. Yuri Luzhkov and Aer Rianta Chief Executive Derek Keogh were on the reviewing stand as a police escort led the way for Russian marching bands, Cossack horsemen, and 15 floats representing many Russian companies. The parade, which was the brainchild of Derek Keogh, was a big success, and ensured a repeat performance the following year.
Each year the floats became more numerous and sophisticated the bands bigger and more impressive, and the range of international and Russian participants and sponsors more wide-ranging.
The Moscow parade continued to be an annual event until 1998 when the last parade took place. After a lapse of 3 years The St Patrick's Society of Russia plan to re-establish the St Patrick's Day parade with the co-operation of the Moscow City Government, The Moscow police, various government bodies, The Irish Embassy and the Irish Community in Moscow.
We are confident that this year's parade will be as successful as previous years and re-establish it as one of the highlights of Moscow's public calendar.
Moscow Saint Patricks Day Parade