It is still dark but the soft sound of thousands gathering can be heard. People talk and laugh as they hurriedly make their way toward their designated meeting point where they join their colleagues; members of this other kind of loving family that exists in every workplace.
When the march begins there is no joy sincerer than that felt by those whose steps shake the streets and voices that join together in a vibrant chorus of genuine emotions.
On May 1st the people march for Cuba. Every year there are special reasons to unite, to share with the world our hopes and commitments, to reaffirm – with our presence in plazas and along the streets – that we are making history, a history of commitment and rebellion.
In the land of those who have - by their own hands - built a utopia, May Day celebrations are part of the country’s long-standing intangible heritage.
Granma opens its archives to offer readers images from past May Day celebrations on the island.

The senior leadership of the Revolution attending May Day celebrations. Photo: Archive
Cuban women have always been present at the International Workers’ Day parade. Pictured: May Day march of 1960. Photo: Archive
May Day 1960 - Cuban workers carry banners with the slogan “Patria o Muerte” (Homeland or Death). Photo: Archive
The Cuban flag. Photo: Archive
On May 1, 2000, Fidel presented his concept of Revolution before thousands gathered in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución. Photo: Archive
Raúl and Díaz-Canel at the 2016 May Day march. Photo: Juvenal Balán
Members of militias march through the Plaza de la Revolución in 1960. Photo: Archive
The Cuban flag is present at every May Day parade. Photo: Archive
Cuban Campesinos marched alongside their compatriots in the 1959 May Day parade. Photo: Archive