"Scarlet Sails" is an annual citywide celebration in honour of school graduates in St. Petersburg, a unique international level event.
In late June, during the period of white nights, comes a grandiose holiday for all graduates - «Scarlet Sails», when more than 1.5 million people, the residents and the guests of the Northern Capital will come to the Palace Square and to the banks of the Neva River to watch the performance.
The program of the celebration is very diverse. It includes a huge-scale theatrical show, which takes place on the Palace Square and the Spit of Vasilevsky Island. Only the most loved and anticipated celebrities take part in the concerts.
After the concert a spectacular event on the waters of the Neva takes place - that will be a living fairy tale, a reality beyond all conceivable limits. At once, the dark sky is painted with bright colours from fireworks of incredible beauty, accompanied by the solemn sounds of a symphony orchestra. The climax of the festival is the appearance of a beautiful sailing ship on the surface of the water with scarlet sails symbolizing freedom, love and hopes for a bright future.
The city tradition is to celebrate the moment when yesterday schoolchildren enter adulthood has achieved international scope; the festival «Scarlet Sails» is well known in the calendar of world events and has been recommended to visit by 20 countries of the European Union.