Finland’s Independence Day national parade in Kuopio
The national parade will take place on Finland's Day of Independence, 6 December. The theme of the parade is ‘National defence is everybody's business’. This year's Independence Day marks the 100th anniversary of Finland becoming an independent state.
The following national parades will take place on 4 June 2018 in Seinäjoki and 6 December 2018 in Mikkeli.
The Kuopio parade will feature troops and materiel totalling around 1,200 persons and 50 vehicles from all three services, the National Defence University, the Border Guard and veterans’ and national defence organisations. During the pass in review, altogether 41 aircraft will perform a flypast.
The parade reviewing officer will be Major General Sampo Eskelinen, Commander of the Finnish Air Force.
The field devotional will be held by FINAF's Senior Chaplain Kari Mannermaa, and the parade troops will be led by Brigadier General Jari Mikkonen, Chief of Staff Air Force Command Finland.
In addition to the review of troops and pass in review, the day also includes other interesting programme in Kuopio city centre. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities!
Programme for Finland’s Independence Day, 6 December 2017:
|9:00||Wreath laying ceremony at Sankaripuisto park and Hatsala cemetery|
|10:00||Church Service - Kuopio Cathedral|
|10:00-15:00||Equipment display - Kuopio market square|
|12:00||Review of troops - Keskuskenttä football stadium|
|13:15||Pass in review - Tulliportinkatu street|
|14:30||Independence Day celebration for the public - Kuopio Music Centre|