The first ever Saint Stephen’s Day parade was held on Friday, featuring a huge Turul bird, a golden statue of Saint Stephen, a silver stag, and multiple dance and musical performances.
The theme of the parade focused on Hungary’s turn to Christianity thanks to the kingship of Saint Stephen, as well as a celebration of Hungarian culture. The Turul and the Stag, both creatures from Hungarian mythology, were presented as shimmering, moving statues.
The long parade was made up of multiple different groups of performers, their presentations ranging from choreographed modern dances to traditional Hungarian folk dances to tour bands and floats. Similarly, some costumes fit the theme of bringing to life Hungarian mythology and folklore while others, such as those of folk dance performances, featured traditional Hungarian garb.
Perhaps the most characteristic features of the parade regarding August 20 were the golden statue of Saint Stephen and the giant moving crown of the first king.
Photos by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI