National Geographic : 1936 Oct
Photograph byMaynard Owen Williams PARISIANS SAY IT WITH BANNERS IN THIS ANNUAL PARADE, MAGNIFIED BY POPULAR FRONT VICTORY In May, 1871, a group of Communards, surrounded in a corner of the Cemetery of Pere Lachaise, were shot down byGeneral Vinoy's troops. Since 1880 anannual parade has been held in commemoration of this event. Following the victory of the left-wing Popular Front in the 1936 elections, this parade assumed tremendous proportions. Men who were ready to march before noon were still filing past the Mur des Federes at ten in the evening. The marchers, here forming intheBoulevard de M6nilmontant, were well behaved and in good humor. Banners identify some of them as anti-Fascists and World War veterans.