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May Day demonstration

May Day demonstration in Victoria Road, c 1930s. This parade is probably heading to the Queen's Park, where politicians and trade unionists would give speeches. The Independent Labour Party (ILP) are marching alongside the nearest tram.

May Day was declared an international working class holiday by the International Working Men's Association (First International) in Paris in 1889. 1 May is the traditional date for May Day, but up until 1918 May Day rallies in Glasgow were held at the weekend. The 1918 rally was the first to be held on a weekday and the Glasgow Herald estimated that 70,000 people attended in spite of having to take a day off work.

Reference: 747.85.127

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
First International, holidays, Independent Labour Party, International Working Men's Association, May Day, parades, political demonstrations, political rallies, prams, Queen's Park, socialism, trams, women



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