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Mexico’s Military Parade

SIX-HUNDRED TROOPS, seventeen countries, field dress, full dress, and everything in between: the military parade to mark Mexico’s bicentennial was a remarkable sight to see. The parade moved down the Paseo de la Reforma, originally the Paseo de la Emperatriz, or Promenade of the Empress. The seven-and-a-half-mile-long boulevard was built on the orders of Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico and was modelled after the Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Ringstrasse in Vienna. It stretches from the Zócalo square at the center of the city (where the Cathedral and National Palace are) to the Chapultepec Castle, the imperial residence during the Second Mexican Empire.

Among the great powers represented, Russia and China sent delegations of troops to march in the bicentennial parade.

The United States were represented by a contingent from the Military Academy at West Point.

Chile’s troops are used to marching in pickelhaubes, given their annual Parada Militar.

Amongst the American nations that sent soldiers were Argentina, Brazil (above), Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. Spain, France, Germany, Russia, and China came from further afield.

This post was published on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 9:12 pm. It has been categorised under Mexico Military and been tagged under , , .
1 Nov 2010 5:40 pm

We Americans have experience marching into Mexico City.

Michael D. Castro
7 Nov 2010 2:35 am


Why in the world would you bother making such a comment? The US instigated the war, and ran off with the spoils… isn’t that enough? I could see being proud of that if Mexico was trying to invade and conquer Washington D.C. in the 1840s, but goodness.

Xander Fraser
8 Nov 2010 8:59 am


Stop being such a blowhard. You weren’t around during the Mexican-American War in the 1840s, so less of the ‘hell yeah’ view of history.

To Michael D. Castro:

If your post – and the other on the House of Moctezuma topic – is anything to go by, you seem to carry around something of a leftist chip on your shoulder. You’ll find scant sympathy for your views on here, and I say this as someone who consistently disagrees with Andrew Cusack (and has his posts removed by same, bless his little cotton socks…).

Back to your Noam Chomsky books with you m’lad.

Michael D. Castro
22 Nov 2010 2:27 am

To Xander Fraser:

Funny, it may seem that way, but I’m quite a traditionalist/conservative and nowhere near the left. But I’m also a realist (and sadly, not as witty as yourself). I try to see things from both sides, which is where my comments on the House of Moctezuma came from, I suppose.

I also don’t scrounge around for sympathy for any of my views, so don’t worry! Anyway, I suppose you and I said just about the same thing to JAC, only in different ways… Cheers!

p.s. – I’m not too familiar w/ Chomsky… learn about someone new every day!

Michael D. Castro
22 Nov 2010 2:58 am

To Xander Fraser:

As a last thought… How does giving a damn about the historical “forced labor of the indigenous peoples” or thievery by a lustful government show a leftist chip? I know it would never be given the green light by a sensible government (or any honest people) in our world today. Maybe I’m wrong…

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