I just found out yesterday that Sunday will be a holiday – Maslenitsa.
It is akin to Mardi Gras, the end of the pre-Lent week for the Orthodox Church. There will be games and food and the amusement park in Gagarin Park will be open. And there will be tons of people out. It is also close to the Spring solstice – another festival that has some of its origins in pre-Christian times. And as I read in one article, who wouldn’t celebrate at the end of a long, dark Russian winter. Blini are the favourite food of the celebration because they are round, representing the sun. For a bot more background info, check this out – http://www.sras.org/maslenitsa_blin