Teenagers in Sochi glam up as they celebrate leaving school with traditional parade 

Russian teenagers donned their finest ballgowns and sharpest black tie to celebrate the end of school with a parade through the streets of Sochi. 

The students turned the streets into a catwalk last night as they joined friends and family to mark the occasion. Festivities continued into the night, with a ball and dance party at the Festival Concert Hall. 

The school leavers parade and prom is a popular tradition across the country, with students enjoying similar parties over recent weeks. Sochi has hosted its extravagant party for at least the last few years.  

Here come the girls! Several high school graduates walked proudly through the parade wearing stunning glitzy dresses for the annual event

Here come the girls! Several high school graduates walked proudly through the parade wearing stunning glitzy dresses for the annual event

Here come the girls! Several high school graduates walked proudly through the parade wearing stunning glitzy dresses for the annual event 

Others wearing bold and bright coloured dresses carried huge flowers as they took part in the annual parade through Russia's capital

Others wearing bold and bright coloured dresses carried huge flowers as they took part in the annual parade through Russia's capital

Others wearing bold and bright coloured dresses carried huge flowers as they took part in the annual parade through Russia’s capital 

Smile for the camera! Later, students took advantage of the stunning view of the Black Coast and snapped pictures on the balcony at Festivalny Concert Hall

Smile for the camera! Later, students took advantage of the stunning view of the Black Coast and snapped pictures on the balcony at Festivalny Concert Hall

Smile for the camera! Later, students took advantage of the stunning view of the Black Coast and snapped pictures on the balcony at Festivalny Concert Hall

Other students looked to be enjoying the romantic atmosphere at the event, with one couple appearing particularly loved up at the graduation ball

Other students looked to be enjoying the romantic atmosphere at the event, with one couple appearing particularly loved up at the graduation ball

Other students looked to be enjoying the romantic atmosphere at the event, with one couple appearing particularly loved up at the graduation ball  

The lavish finery and pomp marked the end of their studies for the numerous well-heeled graduates in attendance. 

Many clutched the hems of their dresses to make the walk easier, and show off their delicate heels.

Meanwhile others balanced carrying their dresses with huge flowers as they swept through the streets, while more carried helium balloons. 

Crowds of parents and family members could be seen watching on as the teenagers grinned and cheered the end of their high school experience.     

Several students carried helium balloons at the event, beaming and laughing as they strode through the streets for the annual parade

Several students carried helium balloons at the event, beaming and laughing as they strode through the streets for the annual parade

Several students carried helium balloons at the event, beaming and laughing as they strode through the streets for the annual parade 

Others donned red sashes for the annual parade as they arrived at their 'prom' night in Sochi

Others donned red sashes for the annual parade as they arrived at their 'prom' night in Sochi

Others donned red sashes for the annual parade as they arrived at their ‘prom’ night in Sochi 

Some of the students appeared a little more casually dressed, while others wore their finest attire for the event

Some of the students appeared a little more casually dressed, while others wore their finest attire for the event

Some of the students appeared a little more casually dressed, while others wore their finest attire for the event 

Crowds of parents could be seen watching the event as their sons and daughters walked through the streets of Sochi to celebrate their graduation

Crowds of parents could be seen watching the event as their sons and daughters walked through the streets of Sochi to celebrate their graduation

Crowds of parents could be seen watching the event as their sons and daughters walked through the streets of Sochi to celebrate their graduation 

How do I look? Several girls appeared to be checking their phones before they entered the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall

How do I look? Several girls appeared to be checking their phones before they entered the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall

How do I look? Several girls appeared to be checking their phones before they entered the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall

Crowds of parents and family members watched as students dressed in stunning gowns and decadent jewels paraded through the street

Crowds of parents and family members watched as students dressed in stunning gowns and decadent jewels paraded through the street

Crowds of parents and family members watched as students dressed in stunning gowns and decadent jewels paraded through the street 

Many could be seen posing for photographs at a fountain before their graduation ball began

Many could be seen posing for photographs at a fountain before their graduation ball began

Many could be seen posing for photographs at a fountain before their graduation ball began 

Students seemed excited as they paraded into the evening event at the Festivalny Concert Hall in Sochi, Russia last night

Students seemed excited as they paraded into the evening event at the Festivalny Concert Hall in Sochi, Russia last night

Students seemed excited as they paraded into the evening event at the Festivalny Concert Hall in Sochi, Russia last night 

The teenage boys seemed equally excited about the night ahead, with some opting for their finest black tie attire for the graduation ball

The teenage boys seemed equally excited about the night ahead, with some opting for their finest black tie attire for the graduation ball

The teenage boys seemed equally excited about the night ahead, with some opting for their finest black tie attire for the graduation ball 

Some couples showed off their best moves in a traditional dance during the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall, Sochi

Some couples showed off their best moves in a traditional dance during the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall, Sochi

Some couples showed off their best moves in a traditional dance during the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall, Sochi 

The excitement was palpable as young couples danced together, celebrating the end of their journey through high school in the city

The excitement was palpable as young couples danced together, celebrating the end of their journey through high school in the city

The excitement was palpable as young couples danced together, celebrating the end of their journey through high school in the city 

And later, the teenagers took to the dancefloor to show off their favourite moves at a graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall. 

Several were seen looking particualrlty friendly as they took the opportunity to let loose, showcasing their traditional dance moves on the floor. 

Many took the opportunity to take in the view of the Black Sea coast from the balcony, with young lovers taking advantage of the romantic setting. 

Others enjoyed the traditional Russian drink of Kvass, a low alcohol content beer which is flavoured with fruit like raisins and strawberries.  

The end of June has seen Sochi alive with the buzz of high school graduation balls, with several taking place over the past week.  

Many appeared to be enjoying glasses of Kvass, a low-alcohol content beer which is flavoured with fruit like raisins and strawberries

Many appeared to be enjoying glasses of Kvass, a low-alcohol content beer which is flavoured with fruit like raisins and strawberries

Many appeared to be enjoying glasses of Kvass, a low-alcohol content beer which is flavoured with fruit like raisins and strawberries

Later, many could be seen showcasing their best moves on a packed dance floor as they boogeyed the night away and celebrated the end of high school

Later, many could be seen showcasing their best moves on a packed dance floor as they boogeyed the night away and celebrated the end of high school

Later, many could be seen showcasing their best moves on a packed dance floor as they boogeyed the night away and celebrated the end of high school 

Several couples took the chance to get photographs on the balcony at the Festivalny Concert Hall, lapping up the romantic setting

Several couples took the chance to get photographs on the balcony at the Festivalny Concert Hall, lapping up the romantic setting

Several couples took the chance to get photographs on the balcony at the Festivalny Concert Hall, lapping up the romantic setting 

One girl nervously clutched a boquet of flowers as she took photographs of the dance floor alongside a friend, while two boys with matching ribbons stood watching on

One girl nervously clutched a boquet of flowers as she took photographs of the dance floor alongside a friend, while two boys with matching ribbons stood watching on

One girl nervously clutched a boquet of flowers as she took photographs of the dance floor alongside a friend, while two boys with matching ribbons stood watching on 

Several teens enjoyed the stunning view of the Black Sea Coast from the balcony, posing for photographs at the Festivalny Concert Hall

Several teens enjoyed the stunning view of the Black Sea Coast from the balcony, posing for photographs at the Festivalny Concert Hall

Several teens enjoyed the stunning view of the Black Sea Coast from the balcony, posing for photographs at the Festivalny Concert Hall

Others waited till dark to enjoy the romantic setting, including one young couple who wore a coordinated outfit for the event

Others waited till dark to enjoy the romantic setting, including one young couple who wore a coordinated outfit for the event

Others waited till dark to enjoy the romantic setting, including one young couple who wore a coordinated outfit for the event 

One group of girls beamed as they enjoyed the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall. It is one of several taking place at the end of June for Russian high school graduates

One group of girls beamed as they enjoyed the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall. It is one of several taking place at the end of June for Russian high school graduates

One group of girls beamed as they enjoyed the graduation ball at the Festivalny Concert Hall. It is one of several taking place at the end of June for Russian high school graduates 

One young girl showed off her best moves with a group of friends as she boogeyed in the packed crowd at the concert hall

One young girl showed off her best moves with a group of friends as she boogeyed in the packed crowd at the concert hall

One young girl showed off her best moves with a group of friends as she boogeyed in the packed crowd at the concert hall 

Other teenagers seemed a little distracted as they waited on the sidelines of the event, and all seemed consumed in their phones

Other teenagers seemed a little distracted as they waited on the sidelines of the event, and all seemed consumed in their phones

Other teenagers seemed a little distracted as they waited on the sidelines of the event, and all seemed consumed in their phones 

Get this party started! Several students couldn't keep the grin off their faces as they danced and swayed to the music at the concert hall

Get this party started! Several students couldn't keep the grin off their faces as they danced and swayed to the music at the concert hall

Get this party started! Several students couldn’t keep the grin off their faces as they danced and swayed to the music at the concert hall 

And it wasn't just the girls...Several of the young men appeared to be showing off their best moves too, taking to the dance floor with enthusiasm

And it wasn't just the girls...Several of the young men appeared to be showing off their best moves too, taking to the dance floor with enthusiasm

And it wasn’t just the girls…Several of the young men appeared to be showing off their best moves too, taking to the dance floor with enthusiasm