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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gala Parades Make Comeback

The gala military parades of Soviet days are coming back to Russia, with a promise of annual military shows to mark the end of World War II in Europe.


"Not everything is so gloomy in our lives," the army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda said Thursday. "May 9 ... will be marked as a holiday for all the people, with an obligatory military parade and grand firework displays."


Krasnaya Zvezda said President Boris Yeltsin had signed a law bringing the annual military parades back to Moscow.


"Yeltsin has signed a law ... commemorating the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War," it said.


The May 9 end of World War II in Europe was traditionally one of the biggest holidays in the former Soviet Union, although it was not then an occasion for big military parades.


The gala parades came Nov. 7, to mark the revolution which brought the Bolsheviks to power. Since the fall of communism these November parades have ceased.


This year's Victory Day, marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, was accompanied by the first military parade since the Soviet Union fell apart. Tanks and missiles rumbled down Kutuzovsky Prospekt and fighter planes flew overhead.


Visiting Western leaders boycotted that parade in protest at the campaign in Chechnya but attended a veterans' parade on Red Square.