Алые паруса – Catalina Layton

St. Petersburg hosts a large festival for graduating high schoolers in June every year known as the red sails festival or Алые паруса. It has a concert in front of the Hermitage museum, fireworks over the river, and a boat with red sails that travels down the river. The streets near the festival shut down and almost 3 million people usually attend! Our new Russian friends, who we met through our partnership with the university of film and media, acquired special passes for some of us that got us past all the lines and into the concert (something normally reserved for the graduating high schoolers). They then took us to the firework show where we waited in a crowd together, teaching each other words in English and Russian. It was a beautiful experience and we are so grateful to our new friends!

red sails Our Russian friends! the concert!