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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

1941 Parade Veterans March Again

Itar-TassSurvivors of the historic Nov. 7, 1941, Revolution Day parade in Red Square will take center stage in Friday's commemorations.
Some 380 World War II veterans, including 130 survivors of the historic parade of Nov. 7, 1941, will take part in a parade this Friday as they march through Red Square.

For the first time in the annual parade's 62-year history, veterans will march alongside some 800 military cadets, just as the soldiers did in November 1941 when marching straight from Red Square to trains waiting to take them to the front.

The veterans, city hall officials and cadets will gather near Red Square at 9 a.m. to lay wreaths and flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the monument to Marshal Georgy Zhukov. From there, they will march through Red Square, Interfax reported, citing a spokesman for the mayor's office.

Nov. 7 was once one of the most important holidays on the Soviet calendar, celebrating the anniversary of the October 1917 Revolution. Though former President Boris Yeltsin renamed it the Day of Accord and Reconciliation, most Russians still think of it as Revolution Day.

But the day has retained at least two more constant features: Communist marches, and traffic restrictions in central Moscow.

This Friday, the Communists will traditionally rally by the monument to Vladimir Lenin on Kaluzhskaya Ploshchad at 9:30 a.m. and then march through the main streets to Okhotny Ryad.

Due to the veterans' parade and the rallies, city police will impose traffic restrictions in most central streets and squares from 8.30 a.m. until the end of the marches.

Starting at 8.30 a.m. motorists are advised to avoid Vasilyevsky Slope, Moskvoretskaya Naberezhnaya, Varvarka and Ilyinka streets and the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge.

After 9.30 a.m. there will be no traffic on Ulitsa 1905 Goda, Krasnaya Presnya, Barrikadnaya and several other major city center streets, Interfax reported.