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National Day military parade in Constitutiei Square, President-elect expected to Alba Iulia

The 1st December military parade this year will be organized in the Constitutiei Square for the first time in 25 years, because of the renovation work that is being done on the Arc of Triumph. On Monday, 1st December, over 2,000 soldiers will participate in the parade in front of the Palace of Parliament. The route of the parade starts in the Dambovita Bank area, continues on the Libertatii Boulevard, reaches the square in front of the Palace of Parliament and ends in the area of the Cosbuc roundabout. The public can follow the parade along the 2 km or can wait for the military at the points where they stop.

President-elect Klaus Iohannis is expected to Alba Iulia on 1st December, the local authorities announcing they have prepared, for the National Day, a varied programme spanning three days, including a military parade, concerts, laser shows and fireworks displays.

The spokesman for Alba Iulia Municipality, Mihai Coser, told Mediafax on Tuesday that the National Day celebrations in Alba Iulia will have this year the generic name “Romania Festival”, and will begin on Saturday with the opening of the Winter Holidays Park in the reinforced city.

Mihai Coser said the celebrations will culminate on 1 December with the traditional events, as well as a military parade, a march with big0size flags, concerts, fireworks and laser shows.

According to him, Alba Iulia will host, around 1 December, the Congress of Romanian Spirituality, which brings together representatives of the Romanian Diaspora.

”In a natural way, also this year we will have all the engaging and sober festivism that compresses a whole history into just a few episodes. Te Deum, military parade, offering of wreaths of flowers, all that expresses our respect FOR OUR forerunners promised us an accomplished. We will be again welcoming hosts for all those Romanians who have Romania in their hearts and who, in an atmosphere of recollection and piety, meet every year for the Congress of Romanian Spirituality. The celebrations this year include in the programme an exceptional event Ð a symphonic concert offered by the State Philharmonic of R. Moldova from Chisinau, a priceless gift to us from Alba Iulia’s twin city’, Mihai Coser said.

The organisers have also prepared outdoor concerts with Iris, Delia and Andra on the 1st of December.

Among the gusts who are supposed to spend the National Day in Alba Iulia this year there is also President-elect Klaus Iohannis. PNL Alba spokesman Adrian Simion said Iohannis would participate in the solemn festivities on the first part of the day of 1 December, as well as the Te Deum service officiated in the courtyard of the Reunification Cathedral.

Adrian Simion said Klaus Iohannis’ presence in Alba Iulia was “99% certain” and the official programme would be announced the following days.

All National Day celebrations in Alba Iulia are funded by the Alba Iulia City Council with RON 200,000 and by Alba County Council with over RON 300,000.

The Prefecture of Alba County has also asked the Government to offer RON 200,000 to support National Day events in Alba Iulia. Alba Prefect Gheorghe Feneser said his institution had applied with the Government for RON 150,000 and with the Ministry of Home Affairs for RON 50,000 from the Contingency Fund.

Iasi people to celebrate with traditional music, plum snaps and beans with sausages

Several thousands portions of beans with sausages, but also wine and plum snaps will be offered to the people of Iasi on 1 December by the Municipality in the city centre immediately after the official celebrations that will take place in the Union Square, Mediafax reports.

Iasi Mayor Gheorghe Nichita said on Tuesday that, also this year, ample events would be organised on the National Day in the city centre, in the Union Square, as last year. Municipality officials say the events will include speeches by the local and county authorities, offerings of wreaths and a march of the soldiers from the IASI Garrison. In the city centre there will also be a traditional music concert, but the names of the artists have not yet been disclosed.

Right after the official ceremonies, the public will be offered beans with sausages – several thousands of servings in total, cooked by the Social Canteen.

”There will also be the traditional beans with sausages. We will offer people a glass of wine or a glass of plum snaps. Those who are fasting will be served just beans”, Iasi Mayor Gheorghe Nichita said.

The mayor of Iasi did not indicate the budget allocation for the National Day festivities this year or if any Government official would attend the events in Iasi.

Last year \several thousands people participated in the National Day celebrations in Iasi, Mayor Gheorghe Nichita noting, at the time, that ‘since Ponta had come to Victoria Palace, 1 December has been glamorously celebrated in Iasi as the Government was not raising any hurdles in his way’.

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