David Bowie filming May Day parade on Red Square from the window of Inturist Hotel in Moscow - May 9, 1973.

© Geoff MacCormack

We were given a list of dos and don'ts when we arrived in Siberia to board the ‘Trans Siberian Express’ - what we could and couldn’t photograph - so David was breaking a whole stack of rules by filming the event, considering the amount of military hardware on show. That’s why he’s looking a little furtive. 

“Scenes along the line of march on Riverside Drive, New York, during the Memorial Day parade, May 30, 1917.”

File Unit: Ceremonies - Liberations - Memorial Day, 1918, 1917 - 1918Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952

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Gay people, join our May day parade! We will use the following slogans and subslogans during our parade (1970s):

Fight against the oppression of gay people

Fascism means terror against lesbians - make “Norsk front” illegal

Discrimination of gay people needs to be criminalized

Gay people demand the right to housing and labour without having to hide their identity

Fight against the murder and abuse of gay people.

Legal safety for lesbian mothers

Proper information about homosexuality in school