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1 September 2016

Episode 255

30 minutes

We hand over the stage to the streets of our cities as we examine the impact of annual parades and ask why we flock together to watch neatly choreographed military marches and people dancing in colourful costumes.

1 September 2016

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


Photo: Ashley Bayles

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Chapter 1

Barranquilla: carnival parade

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We find out how carnival has survived in the Colombian city of Barranquilla and what happens when an ancestral tradition meets the challenges of a growing city.

8 minutes

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Chapter 2

6 minutes


Photo: Ksenia Shaykhutdinova

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Moscow: military parade

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We head to Moscow’s International Military Music Festival, one of the country’s largest cultural events, to watch military bands from across the world get their marching orders.

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Chapter 3

8 minutes


Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

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Chapter 3

Belgrade: pride parade

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Pride parades are popular in many cities but in the Serbian capital they’re highly controversial too. We meet the organisers of Belgrade Pride to find out how the city is embracing the parade.

8 minutes

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