Schoolboys and schoolgirls of yesterday had been waiting for this day for a year. They have seen shows at the Dvortsovaya Square and on the Neva. But this even is strictly for them. And everything’s special – because this is their graduation party.
Alexandra Lee, reporter: The tenth, jubilee, “Alye Parusa” festivity has been named a graduation party by TV host Ivan Urgant – it has gathered more than 80 thousand graduates from St. Petersburg and other regions of Russia at the Dvortsovaya square. And that’s only preliminary estimates. Today, for the first time, students from Crimea came here”
Two delegations from Sevastopol and Simferopol came to this “double graduation party”. Getting to this festivity - to a special zone near the stage, rubbing shoulders with St.Petersburg’s best students – is a big luck for the 20 boys and girls. These kids, it seems, have grown up a long time ago.
Anna Getta, school graduate: “Our relatives and friends are in South-Easter Ukraine, in central part too. We are very worried, we call them from time to time. It’s a pity it turned out this way, but Crimea was always closer to Russia. When we are asked about our nationality, we always say “We are Russians”.
Fortunately, there were no more reasons to be sad at the Dvortsovaya Square – the festivity was officially kicked off by the acting governor of St. Petersburg Georgiy Poltavchenko.
Georgiy Poltavchenko, acting governor of St. Petersburg: “And now here – at the Dvortsovaya Square – are graduates from Crimea and Sevastopol. Lets welcome them! Soon you will see the ship with scarlet sails gliding across the Neva. This is the symbol of your dreams.
Do modern graduates have the same dreams when the “Alye Parusa” tradition was born in St. Petersburg some years ago?
Anastasiya Solovyeva, graduate: “My dream is to find my place in life, find my path, find a good job and help people. That’s my dream”
Graduate: “As soon as I graduated, I decided to go to acting school. And you know what – im almost there already. When I get a little older, I will become a director. That’s what’s important for me”
This year the director of the “Alye Parusa” – who has not been replaced for several years – fulfilled Alexander Grin’s idea of a ship of hope with special tenderness and, at the same time, with tremendous energy. If it is to be believed, then all things plotted will definitely come into fruition