8 Impressive and Most Expensive Military Parades Around the World
Cities around the country hold their own parades to celebrate holidays like Independence Day and Memorial Day. But the president wants a national, military-focused one. Donald Trump requested a US military parade after attending one of many similar processions around the world.
This is what other countries’ military parades look like, and how they might inspire the celebration the president has called for.
An annual parade commemorates the Iran-Iraq war as Iran’s military floods the streets. The country’s National Army Day parade doesn’t shy away from proudly displaying the country’s defenses. Even air-launching missiles make an appearance.
Next: This parade includes cool stunts along with displays of heavy artillery.
India holds a military parade every year to celebrate the adoption of their constitution. The Republic Day parade usually features tanks, missiles, soldiers on foot, and even some troops mounted on camels. Following military personnel are a variety of dancers and stunt performers.
Next: This parade inspired an American president to hold one in his own country.
France’s annual Bastille Day parade, which features a small number of members of the American military, inspired President Donald Trump to request a similar U.S. parade, which could cost the country as much as $30 million.
Next: You’ll also find missiles during this large parade.
4. North Korea
Many of the weapons displayed during North Korea’s military parades date back decades, to the Cold War era. And even though they aren’t the only nation to do so, North Korea openly parades its missiles through the streets during the procession.
Next: Sometimes, a royal birthday calls for a very specific type of celebration.
5. The United Kingdom
The UK holds military parades for a few reasons, including Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. But their Armed Forces Day parade takes place during Military Appreciation Month, and features troops in traditional British Armed Forces uniforms.
Next: This country uses their parade to show off their new defense tech.
Russia’s Victory Day parade takes place in Moscow every year to celebrate the conclusion of World War II. It often features the country’s latest military equipment, and isn’t complete without a flyover of Russian fighter jets.
Next: The timing of this parade sends a very specific message.
7. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s 2017 Mecca Parade featured marching troops, rolling tanks, and multiple hovering helicopters. The procession took place to show off the elite forces right before Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to the city.
Next: This is the biggest and most expensive parade held globally.
China’s military parade is the most expensive — and probably one of the largest — in the world. A procession of 12,000 soldiers, over 120 aircraft, and 500 tanks and missile launchers fills the streets in front of the Tiananmen Gate each year.
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