Finnish military announces Independence Day parade

The Finnish Defence Forces will hold a national parade in the city of Lahti as part of Independence Day celebrations on 6 December, according to a press release.

Last year’s parade, which was meant to take place in Pori, was cancelled due to the escalating number of Covid-19 cases.

The press release states that troops from all service branches of Finland’s military will participate in the parade, including the Finnish National Defence University and the Finnish Border Guard, as well as veterans’ and national defence organisations.

A total of 1,300 people are expected to be part of the event. The parade will begin with the review of troops at Kisapuisto Stadium in Lahti at 12 pm.

The pass-in review, which the public can observe from Vapaudenkatu, will begin at 13.15 pm and will include up to a thousand people, 55 vehicles and 14 aircraft.

It will also feature a heritage cavalry detachment of the Cavalry Guild, Dragoon Guild and Tampere Region Cavalry Guild Association.

Passersby can spot flypasts of the pass-in-review with Finnish Army NH90 transport helicopters and Hughes MD500 light helicopters, as well as Air Force F/A-18 Hornet multirole fighters and Hawk jet trainers.

Those interested will also have the opportunity to examine military equipment on display at the Lahti Market Square.

The parade could cause some disruptions in traffic, and residents of Lahti can expect the flypasts to create loud noises overhead.

According to the press release, the event will adhere to the recommendations of health authorities as well the Finnish Defence Forces’ own Covid-19 prevention measures.

The last traditional Independence Day military parade was held in Tampere in 2019.

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