Party Time for Russia’s Paratroopers, in Photos

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Russia's Airborne Troops (Blue Berets) in Krasnodar mark their holiday with a triumphant march.

Russia’s Airborne Troops (Blue Berets) in Krasnodar mark their holiday with a triumphant march.

Nikolai Khizhnyak / TASS

Official parades for serving members take place throughout the day.

Official parades for serving members take place throughout the day.

Igor Ivanko / Moskva News Agency

The troops receive a blessing from an Orthodox bishop.

The troops receive a blessing from an Orthodox bishop.

Igor Ivanko / Moskva News Agency

Red Square gets a spot of new color with the blue-green-and-yellow paratroopers' flag.

Red Square gets a spot of new color with the blue-green-and-yellow paratroopers’ flag.

Sergei Savostyanov / TASS

Russia's Airborne Troops are renowned for their rigour and discipline.

Russia’s Airborne Troops are renowned for their rigour and discipline.

Anton Balashov / TASS

Astrakhan's paratroopers drive out in iconic striped shirts called telnyashki.

Astrakhan’s paratroopers drive out in iconic striped shirts called telnyashki.

Maxim Korotchenko / TASS

Over the years, jumping into public fountains has become a peculiar hallmark of the day.

Over the years, jumping into public fountains has become a peculiar hallmark of the day.

Sergei Savostyanov / TASS

Dogs join in with their human comrades to celebrate the day.

Dogs join in with their human comrades to celebrate the day.

Sergei Vedyashkin / Moskva News Agency

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