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Tiger Day Takes the Streets in Vladivostok

Tigers and tigers and tigers, oh my!

The streets of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East roared to life as residents young and old dressed up to celebrate their very own Tiger Day, an annual parade to raise awareness of the plight of the Amur tiger. 

The Amur tiger is one of the world's most endangered species, with fewer than 500 believed to be living in the wild.

Typically celebrated during the last weekend of September while the weather is still warm, Tiger Day was first introduced at the end of the 90s by writer Vladimir Troynin. By 2001, it had become official.

Here's a look at some of the fun:

Rossiya Airlines has nothing but love for this mascot.

You're never too young to play with tigers — or to be one. 

Tigers take over the streets.

Dress code: Stripes and whiskers. 

Even cars were dressed up for a ceremonial drive through the city (though for the well-being of real tigers, we hope this is temporary).

It's easy to feel amazing on Tiger Day. 

This sneaky phoenix managed to snag an invite. 

It's easy to believe that every child in the city has their very own tiger outfit. 

This art park joined the occasion as well.

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