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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Giant Cake, Bubbly to Mark 850th

Moscow, which claims to have the world's largest bell and the world's largest cannon in the Kremlin, will uncork similarly gargantuan containers of bubbly to celebrate its 850th anniversary: 4-meter-tall bottles of Russian champagne.


That should be enough to wash down the 7-meter-tall cake.


Actually, while the champagne will be real, the cake will have to be fake due to health regulations.


Those were some of the revelations at Thursday's press conference held by organizers of the city's jubilee, to be celebrated Sept. 5 to 7. As the date draws nearer, the city has gradually been disclosing details about the festivities.


Both the champagne and the Potemkin cake will be part of a parade to be led by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. The procession will march from the City Hall on Tverskaya Ulitsa to the city government headquarters on Novy Arbat, a distance of about four kilometers.


City officials also claim that tenor Luciano Pavarotti will come to sing on Sept. 5 and 7. Pavarotti's management could not be immediately reached for confirmation.