‘Cossack’ folk festival hits Moscow

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The annual “Cossack” folk festival took place at the former royal estate of “Kolomenskoye” in Moscow on Saturday. Footage shows traditional Cossack cavalry stunts as well as festival-goers wearing traditional dress and performing folk dances. Visitors could buy traditional Cossack souvenirs, including hats, clothing, whips and bags.

This was the fifth time the festival has been held. It drew Cossacks from all over Russia and other countries and was attended by least 40,000 people, according to the organizers. The aim of the festival is to teach people about Cossack culture, traditions, history, crafts and cuisine. At the end of the evening the audience was entertained by a traditional performance by the Kuban Cossack choir.