I am planning to go to Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2014. I really want to see some of the historic military sights. Obviously the Victory Day parade in May comes immediately to mind, but I have concerns about the crowds, higher room rates and other costs, etc. I'm wondering if alternate times would be better or if I can see some of the same sights at another location or time of year.
So, my questions are this:
1. Is the parade in May worth setting up my vacation around? Or is is more crowded/expensive to travel this time of year and better to avoid May in particular? Of course I want to see Red Square and the countless other things in Russia and don't want to be delayed by crowds or pay a premium for hotels.
2. Are there other parades any other times of the year that would also have a military feel/presence?
3. Are there any museums open year-round that feature military equipment (tanks, planes, etc.) particularly from the "cold war" era?