MOSCOW, June 12 (RIA Novosti) – Russia never sanctioned a gay pride rally, but maybe it is because those just are not quirky enough: After all, this is the country that is about to hold a celebration of its flying pests, with an “army of blondes” to support it.
The first Russian Mosquito Festival will take place in Perm Region's town of Usolye in the Urals on July 19-21, organizers said on their website, Ruskomar.ru.
The program will include a mosquito-catching competition, an enigmatic event titled “The Tastiest Girl,” a children fashion show and contests for the best mosquito-themed song and the tastiest shashlik, or meat grilled on skewers – a prerequisite of Russian outdoor parties.
Alcohol will be banned, but organizers plan to enlist a volunteer “army of blondes” to make the event more entertaining.
Though the festival promises to be a veritable hotbed of absurd humor, it is far from the quirkiest that Perm Region has to offer: The honor goes to the local village of Krivovo, which holds an annual dried cow dung throwing contest since 2009.
Elsewhere in Russia, the tiny town of Kologriv in Kostroma Region is known for its Goose Day, and select cities across the country hold regular Monstrations, or public rallies marked by absurd slogans such as “In Sex We Trust,” “Do You Know How Squirrels Sound?” and “Eyjafjallajökull for President.”