Moscow’s 869th birthday will feature an unprecedented event: the city's first parade of utility vehicles, which promises to be among the most memorable City Day highlights. Taking part in the parade will be organisations integrated into the Moscow Utility and Emergency Services Complex, the City Traffic Police and the Emergencies Department among them, and also the transport and healthcare departments and the Moscow Transport Museum, the press service of the Automobile Roads state-run enterprise reported.
“The first Moscow utility vehicle parade will definitely steal the show. Muscovites and guests of the capital will have an opportunity to marvel at the machines that toil 24 hours a day to sustain normal life in the capital for the good of its people,” Moscow Deputy Mayor for Housing and Utilities Pyotr Biryukov said.
On 11 September, a column of over 650 vehicles will set off from Novinsky Boulevard at 1 pm on a parade along the Garden Ring. After the parade, the most crucial utility vehicles will line up on Krasnaya Presnya Street for an open-air exhibition set to open at 5 pm.
In addition to modern utility and emergency equipment, there will be legendary “veterans” from times past. Around 30 retro vehicles will participate in the show. One of them is an AKZ-1 bus. Assembled in 1947, it borrowed much from the post-war ZIS-150 truck. There will also be an AL-17 fire escape ladder mounted on a GAZ-51 truck, which owes its existence to the construction boom of five-storey blocks of flats, and other remarkable specimens, some more than half a century old.
Large LED screens will be installed on the Garden Ring for spectators’ convenience. The parade will be broadcast live on the Moscow Mayor’s official website (mos.ru) and the Okno v Gorod (Window to the City) web portal.
In a separate water show, fire-fighting and rescue ships and the Aquabike-SPAS team of the Moscow Emergencies Department will demonstrate their emergency response skills under extreme conditions on a stretch of the Moskva River from Krymsky Bridge to Neskuchny Sad.
At 5 pm, an exhibition of specialised machinery – more than 130 utility vehicles – will open on Krasnaya Presnya Street. Visitors will learn how various equipment works, what kind of machines are used in road maintenance and road repairs, during breakdowns at power and gas supply networks, in rescue operations, to restore tap water in case of an emergency and what else they do to make life in the capital comfortable and safe. Specialists will be on standby to answer visitors’ questions about any of the vehicles on display.
“The city utility services employ more than 600,000 people. They work all year round, day and night, to sustain normal life in the city. On 11 September, Muscovites and guests of the capital will be able to see those fighters of the invisible front, who work each day to make our city better,” Mr Biryukov said.