GALLERY: 90,000 pack Prague's Národní to mark Velvet Revolution

Despite the bad weather, organizers are reporting their largest turnout ever for the annual event marking the fall of the communist regime. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 18.11.2022 10:37:00 (updated on 18.11.2022) Reading time: 1 minute

Following two years of scaled-back pandemic celebrations, Prague's Národní boulevard saw a surge in attendance for Korzo Národní its day-long Nov. 17 commemorations. Visitors participated in celebrations and a multi-genre program of musical performances and audio-visual art.

As is tradition, candles, wreaths, and flowers were laid in the middle of the boulevard marking the spot where 33 years ago, students were brutally beaten by riot police, triggering a series of protests that influenced the fall of the communist regime.

"Especially now we must be reminded that the republic is successfully maintaining its democratic path. In this chaotic time there is a celebration of freedom in peace," said Jan Hlaváček, director of Korzo Národní.

The "Prayer for Marta" usually performed to the crowds from Metro Palace by folk legend Marta Kubišová was performed for the first time this year by young singer Berenika Kohoutová.

The event is planning its 10th anniversary next year. It is also organized with Díky, že můžem (Thanks, That We Can) a student association that conceived of the event as a way to honor those who came before them.

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