The parade at the Senate Square.

National Parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces to be held in Helsinki

The national parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces will be held in Helsinki on 4 June 2022. Along the review of troops and pass in review, the programme will also include an equipment display, and the Finnish Defence Forces’ summer tour concert, among others. All events will have free admission. Parade will affect traffic in Helsinki and the flypasts will cause noise above the Helsinki area.

Themed Readiness at all times – Finnish Defence Forces as a safeguard for Finland, the parade will be participated by units from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, National Defence University, Finnish Border Guard, as well as representatives from national veterans’ and national defence associations. Altogether, the parade will be attended by up to more than 1,600 personnel, over 40 vehicles and 14 aircraft, as well as an inter-agency canine detachment.

The parade will be reviewed by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö accompanied by Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, General Timo Kivinen. The field devotional will be given by Field Bishop Pekka Särkiö, and the parade troops will be commanded by Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Pasi Välimäki.

The review of troops will be held at the Senate Square at 12 with the units aligning to position at the Senate Square from 11:15 onwards. The review of troops will also include the vehicles of the pass in review with mounted crew. The vehicles will assume position at the Senate Square in the evening of 3 June.

The pass in review will start at 13:30 on Mannerheimintie with its start line at the intersection of Simonkatu – Kaivokatu to advance in the direction of Musiikkitalo. The review site for the pass in review will be in front of Musiikkitalo.

The parade event will also include, for the first time, a new pre-series armoured 6x6 personnel carrier recently procured for the Army.

The pass in review will also be attended by an inter-agency canine detachment. The flypasts of the pass in review will include Army NH90 transport helicopters, and Hughes MD500 light helos, as well as FiAF Hornet multirole fighters, and Hawk jet trainers. The flypasts will cause noise above the Helsinki area.

At Kansalaistori, an equipment display by the Finnish Defence Forces and other agencies will be available all day with opportunity for familiarisation with the equipment featured in the pass in review. At the South Harbour, Navy vessels as well as other agencies’ vessels, boats and relating equipment will be on display.

At Kansalaistori Square, the day will culminate in the Finnish Defence Forces’ summer tour concert featuring the Air Force Big Band with Heikki Silvennoinen as the soloist, the Guard’s Combo with Souls of Women as the soloist, as well as the Show Band of the Finnish Defence Forces’ Conscript Band.

The parade arrangements will be the responsibility of the Guard Jaeger Regiment. The parade will be moderated by presenter, YouTuber Jalmafi, Second Lieutenant (Res.) Jalmari Karvinen.

Programme for the day

At                        

8:00                   Flag raising ceremony at Main Guard (Meritullintori 2)

9:00                   Wreath laying ceremony at Hietaniemi Cemetery

10:00                 Service at Lutheran Diocese Church Tuomiokirkko

10–19                Equipment display at Kansalaistori

10–19                Vessels on display at South Harbour

11:15 onwards                           Alignment of parade troops to position for the review of troops at Senate Square

12:00                 Review of troops at Senate Square

13:30                 Pass in review on Mannerheimintie

16–19                Finnish Defence Forces’ summer tour concert at Kansalaistori

Parade will affect traffic in Helsinki 

At event locations, preparations for the parade arrangements will start on 3 June. Those looking to attend are asked to arrive in good time and consider that the parade will affect traffic control arrangements considerably in the city centre.

It is advisable to avoid moving by vehicle in the city centre during the parade events since part of the streets and adjoining areas will be reserved for the parade. More specific information on the traffic arrangements will be available by the Finnish Defence Forces, City of Helsinki, Helsinki Police, and Helsinki Regional Transport Authority from week 21 onwards.

The public is wellcome to follow the day’s events

The event has free admission. Please follow the instructions of the regional health authority concerning coronavirus prevention measures in public events as well as health secure practice appropriate to the situation at the time.

The parade area is a no-fly zone, and drone activity remains strictly forbidden for sustained event safety.

The parade may also be joined in and followed online on the Finnish Defence Forces’ channels:

puolustusvoimat.fi/en/flag-day 

facebook.com/puolustus

twitter.com/puolustusvoimat

instagram.com/puolustusvoimat.fi

#puolustusvoimat #paraati 

Photo: The Finnish Defence Forces