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Victory Parades

Author(s): Olga Manojlović-Pintar
Subject(s): Military history, Political history, Politics and society, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Politics of History/Memory
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Military parade; Victory Day; 9 May; Non-aligned;
Summary/Abstract: Four Victory Parades were organized in the socialist Yugoslavia on May 9th (1965, 1970, 1975, 1985). Although during the first postwar decades public parades were organized on May 1 – the International Workers Day, the practice was changed when twentieth anniversary of the Victory over Fascism was celebrated in 1965. The main purpose of the military parades was to promote the importance and strength of the Yugoslav People’s Army in the public, but in the same time to constitute the main principle on which Yugoslav collective identity was based. Furthermore, the military parades represented important element strengthening the position of Yugoslavia inside the Non-Alignment movement and in the world politics in general. The article analyses the ways in which the parades were organized and traces their reception and the influence they had on Yugoslav society.