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"Do You Recall Any REALLY BIG May Day Military Parades?" Topic

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Cacique Caribe Inactive Member01 May 2018 12:29 p.m. PST

Any that come to mind in particular?

Which country(ies), leader(s) and/or year(s)?




panzerCDR01 May 2018 12:57 p.m. PST

Yes, July 14, 1989, Paris, France for the French Bicentennial. We had great seats on the Champs-Élysées to watch, right across and down a bit from Presidents Mitterrand and Bush. A great day for a major military parade. Lots of jets, tanks, APCs, soldiers marching, etc. Of course, getting tear gassed later at a cafe was less fun, but over all, an amazing event.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member01 May 2018 1:11 p.m. PST

Panzer: "getting tear gassed later at a cafe was less fun"

OMG. What happened at that cafe?


OldGrenadier at work01 May 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

It was closing time.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member01 May 2018 2:34 p.m. PST

That's how they announced last call? :)


Legion 401 May 2018 3:22 p.m. PST

Hasta la vista baby !

Game over, man !

Schools out !

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member01 May 2018 3:50 p.m. PST

Wow, coincidence?




panzerCDR01 May 2018 3:52 p.m. PST

This is no S***! After the parade, we went sightseeing around Paris. LOTS of kids with many fire crackers. I joked that we had to get across a bridge over the Seine before they blew it. As we ate dinner at a café, I noticed that many people at the opposite end were getting up and rapidly leaving their seats. More and more people started to leave, with the exodus getting closer to our table. That's odd, I thought. Soon enough we smelled the tear gas and started wheezing, so we got up and ran inside into the restaurant. I think the kids got tired of merely throwing firecrackers and graduated to chemical weapons. We survived, though we went someplace else for dessert. Pretty funny, almost 30 years later.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member01 May 2018 4:26 p.m. PST


Kids? As in terrorists-in-training? :)


skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 5:30 p.m. PST

In the '60's I was watching television with my father. The news showed the Soviet May Day Parade and it was the first time the BMP was shown. My father was shocked and thought if they ever attacked there'd be no stopping them. One of the reasons I studied history and got into gaming.

panzerCDR02 May 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

Not terrorists-in-training, just teenagers or younger with a LOT of fire(cracker)power. ;)

Virginia Tory02 May 2018 5:49 a.m. PST

I recall the 1985 May Day parade (coinciding with the WW2 commemorations) and the 1987 one (Bolshevik Revolution) were pretty big. You can find them on Youtube, i think (or at least clips from them).

dapeters02 May 2018 1:26 p.m. PST

Always thought it odd that while the West German army stop goose stepping, the East Germans did not, but then the Soviets did as well.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

I was in Moscow in 2002, working on design for the Caspian Pipeline. That was quite spectacular in a "Look, we're not threatening global annihilation anymore!" kind of way.

Old Wolfman03 May 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

I've seen some fair-sized protests too.

twawaddell Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

When I was a kid I used to tell everyone that the Russians and Chinese held big parades in honor of my birthday on May 1st. I told them that all the banners read "Happy Birthday Allen!" I'm pretty sure no one believed it but it gave them pause after watching the news on May 1st!.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member04 May 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

Here's the FINAL parade done by the East Germans in 1989, just days before the collapse of the DDR:

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Legion 408 May 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

I do remember in the Army … the last thing we wanted to do is a "frakk'n parade" !!!! evil grin

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