President Marien Ngouabi led May Day celebrations in Brazzaville on Saturday (1 May). Thousands of?
President Marien Ngouabi led May Day celebrations in Brazzaville on Saturday (1 May). Thousands of onlookers crowded Liberty Place in the capital to watch a parade honouring the occasion. The President reviewed a march-pat of troops, and as in previous years the main parade included groups of nurses, workers, and children, many bearing placards and banners with patriotic slogans. There were also portraits of Marx, Lenin, and Mao Tse Tung displayed.
SYNOPSIS: In Brazzaville, capital of Congo People's Republic, troops with a Republican flag march past President Marien Ngouabi who was reviewing the annual May Day Parade through the capital.
President Ngouabi delivered an address to the assembled crowd, urging continued effort in the common cause.
There were many banners and placards in the Parade, which made its way through a packed Liberty Place.
The President takes the salute as more military units march by.
Again this year, nurses turned out in uniforms, waving red flags.
Among the placards in the parade were portraits of Karl Marx, Lenin and Mao Tse Tung...held aloft by groups of workers.
Towards the end of the Parade came the young children, also with placards, and carrying imitation rifles as well. The march-past lasted two hours.