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13 April 2019

The Guard Mounting Ceremony Season in Kremlin Is Officially Open

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On April 13, 2019 the first Ceremonial Mounting Parade of the Horse and Foot Guard of the Presidential Regiment took place at the Cathedral Square of Moscow.

Held within the Kremlin walls, it is considered one of the most spectacular military ceremonies bringing together various epochs of the Russian Armed Forces and showcasing the continuity of the Russian glorious military traditions.

Established in autumn 2004 the ceremonial order was recreated to reflect the centuries-old traditions encompassing the most sophisticated military ceremonies such as, demonstration of arms-drill and elements of horse carousel accompanied by performance of a wind band.

The ceremony sees appearances by the President’s Band, Honor Guard and Cavalry Escort of the Presidential Regiment, all making part of the Service of Moscow Kremlin’s Commandant of the Federal Guard Service of the Russian Federation as well the pool of permanent participants of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Tattoo.

The ceremonial program of the 2019 season has retained all its traditional elements, featuring dynamic regrouping with different patterns, special arms drill and the iconic ceremonial step of the Honor Guard. High level of synchronization and preciseness is essential for a smooth performance.

Every year participants of the horse and foot guard mounting ceremony seek to amuse the audience with a thoroughly elaborated program and demonstration of new elements that add movement and vibrancy to the whole show.

It’s worth noticing that three quarters of the current foot guard personnel are young men drafted this autumn from 21 regions of Russia and now serving in the Honor Guard of the Presidential Regiment.

The Cavalry Escort of the Presidential Regiment does not leg behind demonstrating pretty sophisticated and extremely difficult elements of the horse mounting. They also perform arms drill with bladed weapons.

Finally, the President’s Band is responsible for the music atmosphere on the square.

Over the past few years the Ceremonial Mounting Parade of the Horse and Foot Guard of the Presidential Regiment has become a true signature of Moscow’s Kremlin attracting thousands of Muscovites and guests of the capital to the Cathedral Square to see this breathtaking show.

The ceremony is held at the Cathedral Square of Moscow’s Kremlin on Saturdays at 12:00 from April to October.

Admission is carried by tickets for visiting the architectural ensemble of the Cathedral Square.

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