National Day Parade:

Thousands of people waved the national flag and cheered along as giant balloons with pictures of the late Shaikh Zayed, founder of the UAE federation, flew in the sky at the National Day parade at Burj Boulevard in Dubai on Tuesday.

The parade was attended by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and officials from various government departments.

It began with the Dubai Police band playing the national anthem around 4pm. A poem of prominent UAE poet Arif Al Sheikh was recited as nationals performed traditional Yolla dance and mounted police made their way.

People filled the sidewalk and many officials representing the UAE marched down the boulevard.

Officials from Red Crescent, Dubai Civil Defence and universities marched as spectators cheered them along.

Young nationals sang traditional songs and waved the flag in celebration of the nation’s long-lasting unity.

-The Khaleej Times-

Basically, I made some popcorn for Skye and off we went in the stroller to watch the parade. The music was great, all those drums and bag pipes fascinated Skye and me. The boulevard was buzzing with music and people. There were explosions of confettis and fire works.