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Convoy of Liberty does not disappoint

As in past years, Pilsen’s Liberation Festival culminated with the Convoy of Liberty historical military vehicle parade. This year featured 120 vehicles, and there certainly was plenty to see!

The convoy set out from Kaplířova Street at 6:04 p.m. and headed towards Republic Square. Up in the sky the convoy was accompanied by a Boeing B- 75 Stearman, one of the most popular U.S. biplanes used in World War II. Thousands of onlookers gave an enthusiastic welcome to the vehicles as they rode by, with the war veterans enjoying the greatest applause (as they do every year). The legendary liberation song Roll out the Barrel (Škoda lásky in Czech) was also played in front of Josef Kajetán Tyl Theater. Young women in period dress sang the song to the U.S. and Belgian veterans’ wives who were watching the parade.

After arriving at Republic Square, all of the vehicles – including two motorcycles – were put on display so that the public could get a closer look or even sit inside. Scottish bagpipers took the stage at 7:30 p.m., and the evening continued to the rhythm of the Yo Yo Band.