|23 Jun 2019||24 Jun 2019||Traditional Festival|
The Scarlet Sails festival is organized on the Neva banks in Saint Petersburg and it’s a part of the international The White Nights festival.
The Scarlet Sails 2019
This event is also known as Alye Parusa (Алые паруса) and it is one of the most popular events of the city. It has been around since the 50s at the end of every scholastic year.
The tradition of celebrating the entry of childhood into adulthood was stopped in 1979 and revived 25 years later on June 24, 2005.
The Scalet Sails Tale
The ship with scarlet sails is drawn from a tale by Soviet fantasy author Alexander Grin. This tale was about a young girl with modest prospects for life who lives in a small fishing village, but dreams to see the world one day. She was told by a wizard that a ship with red sails will come and take her away one day – and she believes in that.
One day, a nobleman’s son and a big merchant ship passing through the village sees her from a distance and falls in love with her and get her to sail away with him.
The festival also includes a range of free musical and theatrical performances on open-air stages on Palace Square and Nevsky Prospekt – the main street in the city. The Alye Parusa is the second (next to New Year) in terms of public celebrations in this amazing city.
Video: The Scarlet Sails 2018