The moment that we’ve all been waiting for is nearly upon us.
After months of careful preparations and continuous coverage, Beijing will finally mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with a much ballyhooed military parade. Monkeys have driven the birds away, the sky promises to be a beautiful anti-fascist blue, central Beijing has been turned into a veritable ghost town and judging by last weekend’s rehearsal, we are all in for one fabulous affair.
While many important world leaders will be conspicuously absent from the festivities, it will be live and Russian leader Vladimir Putin will be there, so that makes it must-see TV.
Careful! Don't knock President Xi over! pic.twitter.com/ewd1bZxWiH
— Carrie Gracie (@BBCCarrie) September 2, 2015
Mao mausoleum is closed for the occasion. But they still roll out the red carpet for him. pic.twitter.com/Tae6DKtWeu
— Edward Wong (@comradewong) September 2, 2015
— Beibei Bao (@AngelaBaoBeiBei) September 2, 2015
Beijing pre-parade is creepy with its empty streets. Only one small store open in my neighborhood. Like the calm before a zombie storm.
— Josh Chin 李肇华 (@joshchin) September 2, 2015
I count eight trucks full of doves here. pic.twitter.com/rDdRdDgLjJ
— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) September 2, 2015
tiananmen at 7 am: tubas, female honor guards and plenty of toilets. pic.twitter.com/pLYV6Gl0Ww
— Hannah Beech (@hkbeech) September 2, 2015
Events like this can only happen once every 70 years. The actual parade starts at 10 a.m., but why in the world would you want to miss out on the pre-coverage? Watch the livestream from CCTV: