A WEDDING IN THE FAMILY of the Maximum Leader was a regal affair in revolutionary Cuba. On the last day of April 1960, in Havana's cathedral, his sister Enma married Víctor Lomeli Delgado of Mexico City. Fidel Castro had promised to take the place of their dead father and give her in marriage, and the auxiliary bishop, Eduardo Boza Masvidal, agreed to preside. It was a proper ceremony, with all the rites of the Catholic church. Two days before the wedding, however, Fidel Castro met with his brother Raúl and Ernesto Guevara, and the three men decided the huge cathedral was no fit place for a revolutionary wedding. The pair should be married, instead, in a "humble" parish church. Enma refused to alter her plans. Long before the appointed time, the pews were filled with high government officials and foreign diplomats. Even Raúl Castro dressed formally. He may have been a radical in his politics, but in matters that concerned his family he took traditions seriously. Fidel Castro kept everyone waiting. The guests and the members of the wedding party, well aware of his reputation for unpunctuality, grew restless. He might be hours late. Perhaps he would fail to show up at all. He had been known to do that. Finally, a Mexican friend of the bridegroom consented to stand in, and the ceremony commenced.
Twenty minutes into the service muffled shouts were heard from outside the church. The Maximum Leader had arrived. The streets around the cathedral were overflowing with visitors who had come to the capital for the May Day parade, and a crowd had gathered at the entrance, hoping to see the prime minister. The workers cheered lustily as he emerged from his car. The great doors swung open, and Fidel Castro, accompanied by Juan Almeida and several heavily armed bodyguards, clumped noisily down the