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Photo from the 2020 Russian Heritage Winter Ball.

St. Pete Beach will be celebrating a New Year of a different kind this weekend. A press release says that on Saturday, January 15, locals and officials will unite to celebrate the 25th Russian New Year event hosted by the Russian Heritage Foundation.

If you are not fond of geography or history, the city of Saint Petersburg was founded in 1875 and is named after the Russian city. There are currently tens of thousands of local residents of Russian descent residing in the ‘Burg.

On Saturday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and US Congressman Charlie Christ will join Russian Heritage Foundation founder Margo née Vondersaar-Catsimatidis to kick off the festivities with a press conference. The festivities begin at 11:30 am outside the Tradewinds Resort located at 550 Gulf Blvd. on St. Pete’s Beach. Bring the whole family to slide and see local Russian-American residents demonstrate dances in century-old ethnic costumes.

Keep in mind, although this is an outdoor event, attendees are encouraged to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a mask.

Following the New Year’s event, the foundation hosts the 25th Annual Russian Winter Ball that evening under an outdoor pavilion, climate and air-conditioned environment. A few hours before the big day, the ball is already sold out.

For more details on the Russian Heritage Foundation, visit russianheritage.org.

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