Sunday (September 16th) was a big day in Mexico City. Crowds of Mexicans took to?
Sunday (September 16th) was a big day in Mexico City. Crowds of Mexicans took to the streets to watch the annual Independence Day Parade and to take part in the accompanying celebrations. The independence movement began in Mexico 163 years ago. A priest from the area of Dolores, Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla, called for the fight for independence and began the movement. Each year, the priest is remembered with a ceremony recalling his speech, which was called the "Dolores Cry".
Each year the parae passes the Government Palace. President Echeverria stood, as tradition lays down, on a balcony of the Palace, beneath a bell dedicated to the memory of the priest Hidalgo.
The army took pride of place in the parade, and included many young people who are "weekend soldiers". About 350,000 young Mexicans meet on Weekends and are trained by the Army. There's also an auxiliary force called the "Rural Defence Cords", who work in remote parts of the country.