I was watching Chris Marker’s 1961 video essay on the Cuban revolution. The film shows the parade in Havana in January, to mark the 2nd anniversary of the revolution.
Marker comments that ‘the militiamen en route [to the parade] were not soldiers. Fidel Castro would tell them some things that you do not usually hear on military parades.’
We do not like parades.
We do not like war.
We live in a world where we must defend ourselves, and we will know to defend ourselves.
But we would prefer to move on from the cannons to see a parade of gymnasts.