At noon, there was an army parade of different infantry squads of latvian army, along with squads from other countries as NATO sections as well:
But then, once the dusk arrives, everything gets more alive:
Staro Riga is an annual event about several installations and decoration cattered across the center of the ciy. All this lights come very in hand when night falls at 16:00, by the way. This year its first day is the same 18th november. Another reason to stay on Riga during all day!
Also there are shops.
Fire and candles cover the city, from the rivers and channels...
...to the main streets and squares.
Some installations allow people to participate in.
The Freedom Monument, main icon of Latvia´s Independence and also icon of Riga got a special illumination for this day.
And, as a final show, here are go the 18th november fireworks! A "must see" show for those who are in Riga (or surroundings) during this day.
It was this full of people, yes.