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Photos: Vietnam's Vibrant Reunification Day Parade

Women march representing the workers in the parade to celebrate 40 years since the Communist victory in Saigon. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Women march representing the workers in the parade to celebrate 40 years since the Communist victory in Saigon. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
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Vietnam marked Reunification Day — April 30, 1975, when the last U.S. troops evacuated and the north and the south were reunited — with a colorful and heavily policed parade through Ho Chi Minh City. (Here's our full series on the anniversary.)

Traffic on Le Duan Street in Ho Chi Minh City on the night of April 29, just hours before a large parade celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the communist victory was to take place. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Traffic on Le Duan Street in Ho Chi Minh City on the night of April 29, just hours before a large parade celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the communist victory was to take place. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Vietnamese girls in a custom made yet traditional dress called an áo dài pose for a portrait hours before the parade in Ho Chi Minh City. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Vietnamese girls in a custom made yet traditional dress called an áo dài pose for a portrait hours before the parade in Ho Chi Minh City. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
The parade formation on Le Duan Street, as seen from above. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
The parade formation on Le Duan Street, as seen from above. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
People on a float bide their time as they wait for the parade to begin. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
People on a float bide their time as they wait for the parade to begin. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
A man in military leadership waits for the parade to start. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
A man in military leadership waits for the parade to start. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Men representing electric workers smile for a photo as they wait to proceed in the parade. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Men representing electric workers smile for a photo as they wait to proceed in the parade. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Women representing workers march in the parade to celebrate 40 years since the communist victory. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Women representing workers march in the parade to celebrate 40 years since the communist victory. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
(Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
(Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Men representing farmers march in the parade. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Men representing farmers march in the parade. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Men in military leadership pose for a portrait. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
Men in military leadership pose for a portrait. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
A man has a rest as he waits for the parade to proceed. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
A man has a rest as he waits for the parade to proceed. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
(Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)
(Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

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