Following the 150th anniversary celebrations in Mexico City, Sept 16, Mexicans recently gathered for a grand fiesta at Morelia, the birth place of Jose Maria Morelos, the Mexican national hero.
TGV City of Morelia
ANGLE V..Statue of General Morelos
TV PAN..Officials arrive for ceremonies
LV Wreaths from all over Mexico
LV PAN..Governor Rodriguez raises flag
TV School children sing Mexican National Anthem
CU Girl soloist
SV PAN..Wreaths laid at base of Morelos statute
LV PAN..Wreaths Pan up to statute
TV Sportsmen "Cowboys" lead parade
LV Children in parade
SV Schoolboys ditto
ANGLE V..Spectators on balcony
TV Schoolgirls in procession
CU Young spectators
TV Floats in procession depict highlights of Gen. Morelos life
SCU PAN..Float: Father Hidalgo in Dolores
SCU PAN..Float: Father Hidalgo and Gen. Morelos hold scroll
SV PAN..Acrobatic team from Morelia fire brigade
LV PAN..Rocket in Flight, start of firework display
Part of display
TV People run beneath shower of fireworks sparks
SV Firework: "Battleships in action"
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Background: Following the 150th anniversary celebrations in Mexico City, Sept 16, Mexicans recently gathered for a grand fiesta at Morelia, the birth place of Jose Maria Morelos, the Mexican national hero.
Some 300,000 people crowded the town 200 miles northwest of Mexico City, which still conserves its look of the old Mexico modelled after the Spanish mother county.
Wreaths from all over Mexico were laid at the dedication of a statue to Morelos, after Governor Rodriguez had raised the Mexican flag while school children sang the national anthem. There were parades and displays, including floats depicting the country's early history, and bands of Mexican cowboys - the "charros" - in traditional costumes. The Morelia fire brigade provided an acrobatic team and festivities culminated in a gigantic display of fireworks.
Jose Maria Morelos, whose role in the fight for Mexican independence was commemorated here, led the insurgents of 1810 in their battles against the forces of the Spanish mother country. During the years of New Spain's struggle he called a constitutional convention which set forth equality of opportunity for all classes of Mexicans, regardless of race or national background, and demanded a government taxation policy to make the rich bear a greater burden than the poor. Morelos did not live to see final victory. He was captured and executed by the Spanish six years before Mexico achieved its independence in 1821.