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.