24 January 2013

#174 Saint Petersburg, Russia | RU-1439606

The Scarlet Sails (RussianАлые паруса) is a celebration in St. PetersburgRussia, the most massive and famous public event during the White Nights Festival. The tradition is highly popular for its spectacular fireworks, numerous music concerts, and a massive water show including battles between dozens of boats full of pirates on the waters of the Neva river. The Scarlet Sails show celebrating the end of school year.

This tradition began after the end of World War 2, when several Leningrad schools united to celebrate the end of the school year in connection with the symbolism of the popular 1922 children's book Scarlet Sails by Alexander Grin. During the first celebration, a boat with scarlet sails sailed along the English Embankment and the Admiralty Embankment towards the Winter Palace. Although it was designed to update the rusty revolutionary propaganda, the "Scarlet Sails" tradition eventually evolved into a massive demonstration of freedom from "schools and rules" and has become the most popular public event annually celebrating the end of school year.

Date of Issue: May 4, 2012 | Europa 2012 "Visit ..."

Thank you, Danya (Danila57914) !

Received on: January 24, 2012
Travel time: 26 days
Distance: 236 km (147 miles)

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