There were columns of protesters along the main street of Petrograd in 1917, there were also clashes of rebellious and police.
Cossacks took the side of people by soul, and moreover warned the crowd: "Move — we'll shoot", but they didn't. And then they let the crowd go. I saw myself the crowd waving with their hats and handkerchiefs to the Cossacks riding along Nevsky prospekt.
Diary of a schoolboy about the events in Petrograd (23 Feb — 1 Mar 1917) // Russian Archive
Kartashev insisted that it was "ballet," all of that: the students, and the red flags, and the military trucks, moving slowly along the Nevsky beyond the crowd in a strange manner consorting these red flags. If the ballet... what a bitter, sinister ballet!
Gippius Z. N., Diaries
But when we went to Nevsky, the first thing that my eye caught was: countless crowds of people gathered near the Kazan Cathedral. When Midshipman V. and I passed Bolshaya Konyushennaya we wanted to walk down Nevsky, horse and foot policemen rudely stood in our way and forced to roll in one of the side streets. Further, many-headed crowd stretched from the columns of the Kazan Cathedral to the house of the Singer for the whole width of Nevsky prospekt. It seethed, grumbled, protested, and from its depths there was a separate, angrily indignant exclamations. Against the crowd stood the police as a solid wall not to allow it to the Admiralty. Equestrian gendarmes holding naked swords sometimes crashed into the crowd in a running start, causing protesters of the demonstrators. Walking down Bolshaya Konyushennaya ulitsa I saw a detachment of the speeding vehicles. These moving boxes were terrible on all sides, bound in heavy armor, sticking in all directions inside the muzzles of machine guns, called a terrible impression of some dark angry monsters. Disturbing and popping sounds of their horns completed an unpleasant feeling.
Raskolnikov F. F., Kronstadt and St. Petersburg in 1917
I hereby report that during the second half of February 25, the working crowd, assembled in Znamenskaya ploshchad* and at the Kazan Cathedral, were repeatedly dispersed by the police and military ranks. Around 5 p.m. the demonstrators started to sing revolutionary songs at Gostiny Dvor and threw red flags with slogans: "Down with war!"... February 25, two hundred and forty thousand workers stroke. I released the notice precluding the gathering of people on the streets and proving that every manifestation of the disorder will be suppressed by force of arms. Today, February 26, in the morning the city was calm.
Telegram S. S. Khabalov, the GHQ of the Supreme commander, op. CIT. "Great days of the Russian revolution"