Photo Gallery Latvian Blondes on Parade

Latvians may be feeling depressed as a result of the economic crisis which has hammered the Baltic state, but over 500 blonde women did their best to lift spirits in Riga on Sunday with a parade and other "Blonde Weekend" events.
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The ongoing recession has hit Latvia particularly hard. But one group of Latvian women has taken a novel approach to fighting the gloomy mood with a "blonde parade" in Riga on May 31.

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A procession of more than 500 blondes paraded through the capital wearing pink and white.

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Many were escorted by lap dogs wearing the same cheerful hues.

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Their goal was to use their beauty to shine a little light into the dark mood caused by the recession.

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One participant (not pictured here) told the AFP that she hoped that those of her countrymen who are depressed about the economic crisis will find her "positive energy" contagious.

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It's a sentiment that many observing the parade shared. "Finally, something positive," one 70-year-old woman watching the parade told the AFP. "I just can't stand listening to people talk about the crisis anymore."

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The parade was just part of a range of events making up Riga's "Blonde Weekend," which also included a golf tournament, a fashion show, a ball and a drawing contest for kids.

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It was also not a bad day to enjoy a bit of sunshine...

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...or to try out a different look.

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The Latvian Blondes Association, which organized the events, hoped to use any proceeds from the weekend's activities toward a playground for handicapped children.

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Many of the women were followed closely by enthusiastic musicians.

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