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Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals

By The Siberian Times reporter
06 June 2019

Thousands parade through the historic city with 124 separate teams interpreting this year’s theme - Theatre on the Move.

In its tenth year, the carnival was said to beat previous numbers of participants

Large numbers of children took part in the Irkutsk carnival which is named 'Shagaem vmeste', or 'Walking together', and is arranged by locals rather than city officials.

In its tenth year, it was said to beat previous numbers of participants, not that anyone seems to count.

The carnival doesn't require a registration and anyone willing to participate is welcome. 

Rain did nothing to stop the fun and by tradition half the carnival-goers are children.

Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals

Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Russia has few carnivals - another is in Tomsk - but this one in Irkutsk is a firm fixture in the city’s annual calendar. 

The event came as Irkutsk - in the heart of Siberia and close to Lake Baikal - marked its  358th anniversary.

Many charities participated in the carnival parade.

Gulnara Garifulina, co-founder of Children of Baikal charity, said:  'Our charity helps orphans and fund raises for surgeries, rehabilitation and other medical assistance for children.

'But this year we tried to draw attention to problems of a different kind namely environment, or, to be precise, protection of Baikal.’

The lake is the oldest and deepest in the world but many fear it is under threat from pollution.

'This is why all of our clothes and installations are made of rubbish that we collected during eco marathon,’ she said.

Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals


Flash of colour on grey day as Irkutsk celebrates one of Russia’s few carnivals inspired by locals

Comments (5)

Just fantastic!! Vive Irkoutsk et vive la Sibérie!! Thank you siberian Times, you are the Best!!
Robert, France
14/06/2019 04:14
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Such fun. So colorful. My next trip to Siberia will have to coincide with this fun and joyfulness
T, Laguna Woods CA. USA
09/06/2019 23:30
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Another reason to want to visit Baikal!
Steve Brenner, Belgrade/USA
08/06/2019 02:03
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Fun stuff is good for everyone. Keep it going.
Paul Larsen, USA
07/06/2019 04:03
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good for them! and other cities should follow suit! do your own and not always imitate others!
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
07/06/2019 02:29
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