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School leavers celebrate under Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg


This year, the traditional Scarlet Sails school leavers’ fest in St. Petersburg was held online.

This year, the Scarlet Sails school leavers’ fest in St. Petersburg was held in an online format for the first time. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel reporter Kirill Radion tells about the event.

On June 27 night, St. Petersburg celebrated the school leavers’ fest Scarlet Sails, an allusion to the novel by Alexandre Grin. The main attribute of the event is a tall ship that set its scarlet sails in the Gulf of Finland.

Congratulating this year’s school leavers St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov said: ‘You are saying farewell to school and have an adult life ahead of you. Let it be happy. But much depends on you. Be brave, love, dream!’

This year, the fest was held in an online mode for safety reasons. 

Mikhail Kopachev, director and producer of the Scarlet Sails project, tells: ‘The fest has its history and traditions. There should be a tall ship, good music, fireworks. But, usually, the audience expect more, and so we do more.’

The scarlet sails are an allusion to the book by Alexander Green about a girl who had been waiting for a fairytale prince, they symbolize hope for a dream that will come true if you do believe in it.

Kirill Radion, reporter: ‘Despite the restrictions, this year the miracle did happen, and the tall ship “Rossiya” appeared in the horizon.’

This year, also for the first time, the vessel did not enter the Neva River but sailed in the Gulf of Finland. 

Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel