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Imperial ball for children on wheelchairs held in St. Petersburg


Over 150 children and youths were guests of the event.


This week, a ball for children and young people with disabilities was held in the Palace Square in St. Petersburg. Peter the Great and Catherine the First welcomed the guests assisted by cadets of the Suvorov Police Military School. The whole atmosphere was reminiscent of imperial balls.

Danila Besedny, cadet of the St. Petersburg Suvorov Police Military School, says he and his schoolmates were glad to take part in the event.

The parade with drummers and the Russian Guards’ orchestra playing was followed by the polonaise at the Alexander Column.

There are more than 14 thousand children who have to use wheelchairs in St. Petersburg. Leonid Luzov is one of them. He says, a ball like that is an important event for people like him, and the guests are pleased with such attention.

A chance to go out is also a relief for the parents of these children as their life is mostly centered on catering for their special needs.

Irina Luzova, Leonid Luzov’s mother, says her family does not get a chance to go to the city center often and they are grateful for the opportunity to take part in the ball.

Young dancers on wheelchairs danced the Irish polka filling other guests with enthusiasm and optimism.
The ball on wheelchairs in the center of St. Petersburg helps these children to feel the beauty of the city and thus draw strength that they do need.