The Monstration marchers were of various ages and appearances, but most of them looked ready to have fun. As Alexander, 35, an IT-specialist, explained, there was “spring madness” in the air, so he, his wife and son came to join in. They had signs that read: “I Want Money and To Kiss,” “Don’t Stress Out, Do Have Fun” and “Let It Go.”

“It’s our first time, and we already like it. The slogans we brought today here mirror our mood,” Alexander said.

For Sasha, 30, who works in advertising, the Moscow Monstration was a way to have a good time. She came here with a slogan “I am for same-sex scrimmage.” “My poster can mean anything,” she laughed.

Polina, 22, a designer from Novosibirsk who’d seen Monstrations a few times, told The Moscow Times that, “It’s important for people to have the right to express themselves, so it’s it great that they got this right in Moscow, too. It already looks like Novosibirsk.” She had a double-sided poster: “Let’s go get beer” on one side and “Pudding – Thief” on the other.