Nedáme si diktovat, koho máme milovat(?) : o sletovém průvodu v roce 1948
We will not dictate who we should love (?) : about the parade in 1948
Focus of the present study is the Sokol gathering parade in 1948, which became a massive demonstration of disagreement with the on-setting Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Originally meant to be a unity ritual celebrating renewal after the end of WWII, the gathering soon turned into the conflict ritual between democratic and totalitarian part of the Czechoslovak society. The aim of the study, exploring the Sokol gathering on the grounds of cultural performance theory, is to present the parade as a theatrical public event which had particular distinctive features, such as changeability in time, dialogic nature, etc. The author is especially concerned with the ways in which the schedule of the event was being alternated based on the changing socio-political situation; with the means of protesting against the Communist procedure in the parade; and the dialogic nature of the slogans chanted by the participants.