Big Bicentennial Bash (Best-Of) – Mexico City, Mexico


This post is part 4 of 4 in the series Mexican Bicentennial

Yeah, yeah. Mexico’s got some world-class problems on its plate at the moment. But sometimes troubled times are the  best times to throw a world-class party–it distracts the collective consciousness from the negative and pays due respect to the positive.

And so it was in Mexico this past week as the people marked 200 years of independence from Spain with celebrations that honored the past and, we hope, emboldened many Mexicans to face the future with the power of pride.

We were lucky enough to be part of the goings-on in Mexico City and here we present some of our Best-Of moments from the parade, the crowd, President Felipe Calderón’s ode to the Grito de Dolores (watch our video) all the way to the mind-blowing spectacle of the finale fireworks (watch our video).

Check out our video compiled while we walked through the performers and the crowds across Mexico City and then from the press box in the Zócalo on the night of September 15, 2010, followed by photos of key moments from the festivities.

Eerie Dia del Muerto (Day of the Dead) figures in the parade down Avenida de la Reforma in Mexico City marking the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

Women representing the colorful arts-and-crafts culture in Mexico march in the parade down Avenida de la Reforma in Mexico City marking the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

Dancers in Aztec costumes march in the parade down Avenida de la Reforma in Mexico City marking the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

A woman representing the colorful arts-and-crafts culture in Mexico march in the parade down Avenida de la Reforma in Mexico City marking the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

Larger-than-life Zapatistas march in the parade down Avenida de la Reforma in Mexico City marking the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

When we saw our first bicentennial countdown clock in Mexico it showed more than 600 days until the celebrations. Here's what the clock said as we entered the Zócalo.

The Presidential Palace on the Zócalo all dressed up for the bicentennial party.

The Zócalo, Mexico City's main plaza, was decorated from tip to toe.

A float version of the sacred serpent Kulkukan entering the Zócalo during celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

The parade even took to the sky with this floating Angel of Independence.

This gold and silver inflated dragon reminded us of the floats above the streets of Manhattan during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, only better.

The Coloso, that huge man standing by the flagpole, was not our favorite part of the party but he does represent the strength of the nation.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón waving the flag after a rousing ode to Hidalgo's 200-year-old grito.

VIPs packed the balconies of the Presidential Palace including (from mid left) crooner Vicente Fernandez (white hair), the new Miss Universe Mexican model Ximena Navarrete (in the sash) and in the blue mask, Lucha Libre icon the Blue Demon Jr.

As a warm up to the fireworks, the Presidential Palace roof was turned into a stage for choreographed fire balls.

A massive fireworks display over the Zócalo in Mexico City marked the end of a night spent celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

A massive fireworks display over the Zócalo in Mexico City marked the end of a night spent celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

A massive fireworks display over the Zócalo in Mexico City marked the end of a night spent celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain.

One pooped parader.

1810-2010: 200 years of Mexican independence from Spain.

 


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