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PYONGYANG, North Korea – The latest on the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea's ruling party (all times local).
The military parade that will kick off celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea's ruling party has been delayed.
The parade was expected to be held Saturday morning, but was pushed back until the afternoon, apparently due to heavy rain Friday night. Even by late morning, as a light rain fell, officials had not distributed a final schedule — which is unusual even in North Korea.
Suggesting that the show will indeed go on, crowds of people carrying bouquets of plastic flowers could be seen streaming to Kim Il Sung Square, where the event will be held. Military vehicles or possibly floats shrouded in blue plastic tarps to protect them against the weather were parked in a long row on a bridge leading to the parade route.
The parade could hold some surprises for analysts abroad who will be watching its display of weaponry very closely, particularly North Korea's growing fleet of drone aircraft and long-range missiles.