General Franco on a three-week visit to Catalonia reviewed a May Day Parade in its chief city Barcelona May 1.
General Franco on a three-week visit to Catalonia reviewed a May Day Parade in its chief city Barcelona May 1. Some 100,000 people crowded the vast football stadium to see the parade with its central theme of culture and recreation.
Trick cyclists plunged their machines through hoops of fire, folklore groups from all corners of Spain, massed bands and gymnasts highlighted the parade. Catalonia's folkdance, the sardana, and a massed choir climaxed the display of a nation on holiday.
General Franco was accompanied by his wife and several Cabinet ministers. As customary, his visit to Barcelona went unannounced in the Government-controlled Press until his arrival. Barcelona still centre of muted republicanism and the insular Catalan dialect is renowned for the lead it gives to anti-Franco agitation.
The General during his visit to the City was expected to hint on Spain's political future at the May 8 Victory Parade marking the end of the 1936-39 Civil War.