Russia Celebrates Victory over Nazi Germany in 2018 Parade

Published May 10th, 2018 - 07:26 GMT

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The May 9 Victory Day parade is a major public ritual in Russia. It's a showcase of military might that marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Russia is marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War. 

Victory Day is a national holiday in Russia. Public offices, schools and most businesses are closed for the celebrations. There may be changes in public transport routes due to parades and street performances.

Many people attend a local military parade and watch the fireworks at night on Victory Day. The biggest parade is in Moscow’s Red Square, showcasing Russia’s military forces. Most veterans wear their medals as they head to the parade or an event organized by a local veteran organization. Continue reading below »

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A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
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Image 1 of 7:  1 / 7A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
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Image 2 of 7:  2 / 7Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
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Image 3 of 7:  3 / 7A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Russian servicewomen march at Dvortsovaya Square during the Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
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Image 4 of 7:  4 / 7Russian servicewomen march at Dvortsovaya Square during the Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP

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Russian T-14 Armata tanks parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
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Image 5 of 7:  5 / 7Russian T-14 Armata tanks parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
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Image 6 of 7:  6 / 7Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Little boy in military uniform with flowers at the military memorial of the Victory Day on May 9 in Russia, Kaliningrad , Victory Park, May 2018 (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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Image 7 of 7:  7 / 7Little boy in military uniform with flowers at the military memorial of the Victory Day on May 9 in Russia, Kaliningrad , Victory Park, May 2018 (Shutterstock/File Photo)

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A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Image 1 of 7A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Image 2 of 7Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Image 3 of 7A Russian military band performs at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Russian servicewomen march at Dvortsovaya Square during the Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP

Image 4 of 7Russian servicewomen march at Dvortsovaya Square during the Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP

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Russian T-14 Armata tanks parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Image 5 of 7Russian T-14 Armata tanks parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9.
Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Image 6 of 7Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018. Russia marks the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two on May 9. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

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Little boy in military uniform with flowers at the military memorial of the Victory Day on May 9 in Russia, Kaliningrad , Victory Park, May 2018 (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Image 7 of 7Little boy in military uniform with flowers at the military memorial of the Victory Day on May 9 in Russia, Kaliningrad , Victory Park, May 2018 (Shutterstock/File Photo)

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