The traditional Snegurochka parade will take place in Moscow on 26 December. Everyone dressed up in the costume of Father Frost’s assistant or at least wearing her hat can participate. It will already be the fourth time such a parade during the Journey to Christmas festival takes place.
Everyone who would like to take part in the parade should gather at 7 pm near the Timiryazev monument on Tverskoi Boulevard. At 7:30 pm, a jolly walk to the Novopushkinsky Public Garden, where the ice theatre is located, will begin. The participants will be accompanied by a jazz band playing New Year numbers as well as by fiocchi, fairytale creatures living on snow-covered islands and portrayed by actors from the Ognennye Lyudi Theatre wearing white fluffy costumes that gleam in the dark.
The participants will dance, sing and take pictures. The entire walk will take no more than 40–45 minutes so that the Snegurochkas won’t get cold. At the end, the inventor of the most original costume will receive a gift. The parade will be held at night, so that everyone who would like to take part in it will have time to change after work. The parade organisers are ready to provide those who want to participate but do not have a costume with Snegurochka’s hats. Last year, over 300 people took part in the parade.
The Journey to Christmas festival started in Moscow on 22 December. This year, it is dedicated to the theatre. Performances, shows, concerts and workshops will be taking place in the streets, boulevards and squares every day right up until 14 January. Tverskaya Street, Red Square as well as Manezhnaya and Tverskaya streets, Novy Arbat and Arbat streets, Kamergersky Pereulok, Tverskoi and Gogolevsky boulevards, Klimentovsky Pereulok and the Novopushkinsky Public Garden will become the main festival venues. For the first time ever, the renovated Garden Ring will present its own festive programme.
This year, Moscow was rated as one of the top five most interesting tourist destinations for the upcoming winter holiday season, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The publication selected the Russian capital thanks to its Journey to Christmas festival.