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© Sputnik / Mikhail Fomichev / Go to the photo bankThe Russian capital celebrated its City Day on a grand scale last weekend: about 3.5 million people took part in holiday events held around the city on Saturday, with some 500,000 revelers partying in downtown Moscow while the festivities continued into Sunday.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
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The Russian capital celebrated its City Day on a grand scale last weekend: about 3.5 million people took part in holiday events held around the city on Saturday, with some 500,000 revelers partying in downtown Moscow while the festivities continued into Sunday.
Concerts, theatrical performances, pageants and other events began Saturday morning across the capital.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
2/13
Concerts, theatrical performances, pageants and other events began Saturday morning across the capital.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankThe Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described the capital in his opening speech a "symbol of permanent renovation in the country" and pointed to the progress in social policy issues which have taken place in Moscow over last years.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
3/13
The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described the capital in his opening speech a "symbol of permanent renovation in the country" and pointed to the progress in social policy issues which have taken place in Moscow over last years.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankSeptember 5, 2009. Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the opening ceremony of City Day in Moscow's downtown Tverskaya Square.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
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September 5, 2009. Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the opening ceremony of City Day in Moscow's downtown Tverskaya Square.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the photo bankThe Russian Air Force ensured the weather was good for the celebrations.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
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The Russian Air Force ensured the weather was good for the celebrations.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail Fomichev / Go to the photo bankThousands of people gathered in downtown Moscow at - Manezhnaya, Lubyanskaya, Teatralnaya and Pushkinskaya squares.
Moscow residents attend City Day celebrations on Tverskaya Street - Sputnik International
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Thousands of people gathered in downtown Moscow at - Manezhnaya, Lubyanskaya, Teatralnaya and Pushkinskaya squares.
© RIA Novosti . Владимир ФедоренкоPeople sang Moscow songs, danced and waved Russian flags.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
7/13
People sang Moscow songs, danced and waved Russian flags.
© RIA Novosti . Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankSome revelers wore colorful wigs and glasses being sold on the city's streets.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
8/13
Some revelers wore colorful wigs and glasses being sold on the city's streets.
© RIA Novosti . Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the photo bankMore than 2,000 couples got married in the capital on Moscow City Day.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
9/13
More than 2,000 couples got married in the capital on Moscow City Day.
© RIA Novosti . Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the photo bankForty couples held their wedding ceremonies at Moscow's historic locations, including the country estates of Ostankino (northeastern Moscow), Vlakhernskoye-Kuzminki (southeastern Moscow), Kuskovo (eastern Moscow), Tsaritsino (southern Moscow) and Poklonnaya Gora, Moscow's main WWII memorial, and the Pushkin Apartment Museum on Moscow's Old Arbat.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
10/13
Forty couples held their wedding ceremonies at Moscow's historic locations, including the country estates of Ostankino (northeastern Moscow), Vlakhernskoye-Kuzminki (southeastern Moscow), Kuskovo (eastern Moscow), Tsaritsino (southern Moscow) and Poklonnaya Gora, Moscow's main WWII memorial, and the Pushkin Apartment Museum on Moscow's Old Arbat.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the photo bankThe traditional tray carrying competition for waiters took place on Teatralny Lane.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
11/13
The traditional tray carrying competition for waiters took place on Teatralny Lane.
© RIA Novosti . Petr Chernov / Go to the photo bankVisitors in a park in Maryino, southeast Moscow, were able to watch - or even take part in - “Extreme Russian games”.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
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Visitors in a park in Maryino, southeast Moscow, were able to watch - or even take part in - “Extreme Russian games”.
© Petr Chernov / Go to the photo bankVisitors enjoyed a fireworks display, as well as motorbike, bicycle and car stunts.
Moscow celebrates City Day - Sputnik International
13/13
Visitors enjoyed a fireworks display, as well as motorbike, bicycle and car stunts.
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