Thousands of young people marched through the streets of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on Sunday (9 July) to celebrate the 43rd birthday of King Hassan.
GV Majorettes lead parade
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SV Girls marching (2 shots)
SV Band (2 shots)
GV Girls marching
GV Girls marching swirling scarves (2 shots)
SV Girls with scarves doing athletic display
SV Children parading (3 shots)
SV Schoolboys marching
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Background: Thousands of young people marched through the streets of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on Sunday (9 July) to celebrate the 43rd birthday of King Hassan.
It was a spectacular parade with colourful marching girls and groups of schoolchildren taking part.
Later, King Hassan was to tell the young people that 1973 should be a year in which they should seek to renew and reinforce their religion, Islam. The King suggested the year be devoted to religious renewal and the study of Islamic philosophy. He also wants to see emphasis placed on education and civic development.
SYNOPSIS: Drum majorettes march through Morocco's capital, Rabat on Sunday -- part of a massive parade by the youth of Morocco to celebrate the birthday of King Hassan.
The spectacular parade brought together youth groups from many parts of the country. The birthday celebrations for the King -- his forty-third -- took the form of a Festival for Youth.
This group -- in rather more traditional Moroccan costume.
A gymnastic display was part of the day's programmes. The young people taking part were told later by their King that 1973 should be a year dedicated to religious renewal -- a return to Islam. King Hassan called for a study of Islamic philosophy, and said next year should also see greater emphasis placed on education and civic development.