Category: <span>parade</span>

Aerial delight

The airplanes were the highlight of the National Day parade this year in Bucharest

Aerial delight


No selfie, no parade

There is no proper National Day parade without some selfies

No selfie, no parade


Horses on parade

Every year the horses are an attraction point to the National Day parade in Bucharest

Horses on parade


Legion

Legionars at the Natale di Roma parade

legion


Urban dance

A different and unexpected type of dance in the middle of the big city streets.

urban dance


Irish green

From the Saint Patrick Day parade in Bucharest

Irish green


Masked

The man and his mask

masked


Pipes

From the Saint Patrick parade in Bucharest, a lot of pipes and a lot of shadows.

pipes


Latin

In the middle of the street, some Latin dance in a sea of pink.

latin


Irish Beer

I am ahead of the St. Patrick Day parade, when I notice three local drunkards, with the cheapest (plastic bottle) beer in hand.
– What’s there? Revolution? and they look inquiring at me
– National Ireland day, I reply, continuing to look for interesting angles and subjects
– So what? they are totally unimpressed
– Irish beer! i add, unsure they ever tried some ever
– Where, where? their eyes start to sparkle and you can start to feel their enthusiasm
– Pubs around here, I shrug
– And is free? you can see the sparkle burning
– I don’t know about that, I shrug again and go my way.
In the meantime the parade arrives. With dying sparkles in their eyes, the drunkards try to bugger it but are meet with total indifference.

irish beer


Do cleaning, not war

While I agree making love is by far the best option, cleaning is way better than making war.

do cleaning not war

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Envy

Is this envy from one traditional costume on another?

envy

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Riverdance for St. Patrick Day

There are not many Irish people in Bucharest as there are neither many Irish business in the country, but the city is packed with Irish pubs, so no wonder the St. Patrick Day, the national day of Ireland, started to be celebrated here too with a parade. And at such a parade, the traditional Irish dance is a must.

st patrick day

However, the parade in Bucharest has its own twist: there are also groups performing traditional Romanian music, maybe some dance and such. I guess the beer is international and nobody would pass a celebration involving large quantities of beer.

st patrick day

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St. Patrick parade

At the first thought, one wouldn’t expect a St. Patrick parade in Bucharest, where we probably have more Irish Pubs than Irish people (or maybe this is the reason), but our city had one for the first time. And I don’t think is a bad thing, is a good opportunity to get people out from their houses, walk, listen to music, meet other people, enjoy a show. Yes, as a first edition it has some (many) flaws, but that’s to be expected. Looking forward to the next year.

st patrick

There was a Romanian riverdance group, a couple of Irish music groups, but there was a serious presence of Romanian traditional dance and music groups, from Săpânța, Vaslui and Vrancea. Which probably enjoy better the local palinka over the Irish beer.

st patrick

Personally my biggest disappointment was not seeing any green beer, which I understand is an international tradition for the day. Not in Romania… fingers crossed for the following edition.

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National Day is a Children Day

Probably half of the people assisting the military parade on the National Day are children, eagerly awaiting to see the tanks and the horses. They were not bothered much by being groped by strangers as they were bothered by the wait: to get good places some went there 1-2 hours earlier.

parade

parade

But when the parade started they were happy:

parade

And even more happier after the event, when they were allowed to play with (and on top) of the military vehicles, guns and soldiers (no ammunition was present, of course).

parade

parade

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