The main celebration of Kazan and all of Tatarstan is unique in its spectacular and multifaceted nature. The official part of the Day of the City and the Republic is the opening ceremony which awards outstanding residents of Tatarstan, and is continued on by large-scale sports competitions — for example, races at the Kazan Horse Race Track and a car show on the Millennium Square. The anniversary of the Republic is celebrated in the Kazan Kremlin and on the Kremlin embankment where noisy folk festivals, music festivals, master classes, exhibitions of folk art crafts, exhibitions of national cultures and traditions all take place in honour of the celebration. Another place of celebration is the square in front of the ‘Kazan’ Family Centre, where stars of the Russian music scene and famous performers from Tatarstan perform in the evening. The celebration ends at 22:00 with a festive salute on the Kazanka River.
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