The river parade will be led off by the MS Sächsische Schweiz (‘Saxon Switzerland’) at 2pm. Pride of place in the fleet goes to four replicas of historic gondolas. The Pfauengondel (Peacock Gondola), a particular favourite of Augustus the Strong, and the Venetian gondola have been specially constructed for the wedding anniversary.
The organisers have, of course, taken a few artistic liberties. The gondolas look true to the original, but they do not have to rely on physical strength alone: state-of-the-art electric motors will assist the rowers.
And in any case, the occasion will not be 100% authentic. The monarchy is long gone, and the parade is open to all, i.e. anyone who has a riverworthy vessel can simply tag along behind, with no prior registration required.
At the halfway point is Pillnitz, which will also be decked out as part of the baroque spectacle. And when the parade eventually moors alongside the Dresden Terrassenufer, the party will change to another mode of transportation and proceed through the Old Town to the Zwinger in a convoy of festive carriages. The event will begin to wind down from 6pm, but before that, there will be ample opportunities for revellers to take selfies in baroque costumes.