Cuba Sees Change Under Raul Castro In his brief tenure as Cuban president, Raul Castro has made consumer goods more available and begun a major reform of the island's agricultural system. An increase in state wages is anticipated, too.
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Cuba Sees Change Under Raul Castro

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Cuban workers file through the Plaza of the Revolution during the May Day parade in Havana on Thursday. Tom Gjelten, NPR hide caption

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Cuban workers file through the Plaza of the Revolution during the May Day parade in Havana on Thursday.

Tom Gjelten, NPR

In Socialist Cuba, workers get the day off on May Day — or International Workers Day — but they are expected to show up for a huge parade in Havana's central square — the Plaza of the Revolution. Cuban authorities say nearly 1 million people attended the festivities on Thursday.

This year marked the first time that new Cuban President Raul Castro presided over the rally. He took over in February from his brother Fidel, who had led the country for almost 50 years.