Watch Latvian Independence Day parade on November 18

On November 18 at 13:30 local time (11:30 GMT) in Rīga, the traditional military parade dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia will be held by the armed forces of Latvia and allies.

The parade, which will be attended by approximately 1,500 soldiers, national guardsmen, policemen, border guards, firefighters and cadets, will be reviewed by President Edgars Rinkēvičs or the first time.

If you can't make it to the Daugava embankment in person, the good news is that Tthe parade can also be watched live on Latvian Television as well as here on LSM from 13:30. For full LTV listings over the Independence Day weekend, which includes many other special broadcasts, see here.

The Student Infantry Battalion of the 1st Riga Brigade of the National Guard, which this year has been entrusted with carrying the flag of the Latvian Army, will walk at the front of the military parade. 

Soldiers representing allies from Albania, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the USA will also participate in the parade with the flag group. This year, a Ukrainian flag group also participates in the parade for the second time. 

The music accompanying the parade will be provided by the National Armed Forces Headquarters Band, the Naval Band and the National Guard Band.

Subject to the prevailing weather conditions, the parade will conclude with a flyby performed by helicopters and planes, including fighters from Spain and Italy currently on rotation with the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.

The National Armed Forces invites citizens to capture the national holiday events in photos and videos on social networking sites using the hashtags: #18November; #militārāparāde and by tagging the social media accounts of the Latvian Army: @Latvijas_armija and @esmukaravirs.

In addition, from 11:00 until 16:00 people are invited to inspect military equipment assembled at Rīga passenger port.


November 18 events
November 18 events



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