On December 1st every year, Romanians celebrate Ziua Marii Unirii - Great Unification Day. The national holiday marks the declaration of union between Romania and Transylvania in 1918.
On that day there are military parades across the country. The biggest is in the capital, Bucharest, where tens of thousands turn out to watch soldiers and police march from the Palace of the Parliament to the Arcul de Triumf; followed, flanked and flown-over by tanks, trucks and jets.
Amusing, sweet and solemn, these pictures are of the attendees, flying their many flags and keeping warm in leather and fur. The influence of the eighties - both politically and stylistically - hangs heavy in the air.