Military parade climax of Mexico's bicentenary celebrations

17:48, September 17, 2010      

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Aircraft roared while battalions of army and marine troops marched amid cheers and applause in a massive military parade Thursday to celebrate the bicentenary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

A total of 18,000 soldiers, 5,000 marines, and 636 federal police officers took part in the parade along Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma Avenue.

About 500 troops from 16 guest nations including China, Colombia, Spain, Russia, France, Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Peru, Nicaragua and the United States also participated in the parade.

Mexican Air Force aircraft swooped over the capital to start the parade, which included fighter-bombers, navy helicopters, and a squadron of six military aircraft that released colored smoke to draw Mexico's red, white and green national flag over the sky of Mexico's capital.

On the ground, navy and army troops marched along the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue with a firm step, accompanied by heavy guns, grenade launchers and armored military vehicles.

Behind protective barriers, children and adults cheered and applauded. Some even climbed onto trees and car roofs to get a better view of the parade.

Dozens of children sitting on the shoulders of their parents and relatives played mini-trumpets and waved plastic toys in the national colors.

"People always have fun at these events, forgetting about how tough life is," hotel worker Jorge Ponce said.

Source: Xinhua

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