THE military parade on October 1 this year will only have participants from the infantry Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou announced yesterday.
Fotiou said that the money saved from a smaller parade would go towards giving breakfasts to needy school children. Usually October 1 is marked with an elaborate parade including military vehicles but this year only infantry will be involved.
“The government has decided this year that the parade will only have infantry departments taking part combined with new celebrations in the hope of saving money in light of new circumstances but also to become more modern, something which is practiced in almost all other EU countries,” the defence minister said.
Despite the smaller size of the parade, Fotiou said he hoped that it would still honour Cyprus’ Independence Day and raise peoples’ morale.
Following discussions with President Nicos Anastasiades, it was decided that the money saved would be given to help purchase breakfasts for needy school children, Fotiou said.