Cuba marks Revolution Day with march
By Lucia Newman CNN Havana Bureau Chief
HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro led a march
Thursday morning commemorating the start of the Cuban Revolution
48 years ago. Cuban officials said as many as 1.2 million people -- about
one-tenth of the island's population -- were expected to participate in
Castro was flanked by the two grandsons of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini
and top members of the Cabinet and the communist party, as he joined a
throng of marchers waving Cuban flags and other large banners.
The observance is traditionally celebrated with a speech by Castro, but
speeches were planned this year.
The procession was working its way down the Malecon, the city's famous
waterside drive, and past the U.S. diplomatic mission.
Buses began arriving in the capital at 1 a.m. Thursday, shuttling thousands
of people in for the march.
The Cuban Revolution has its roots in the July 26, 1953, attack on the
Moncada army barracks in Santiago by Castro's forces. The anniversary
is a major event in Cuba's revolutionary calendar.