Mexico Celebrates The 200th Anniversary of Independence

Mexico looked beyond its drug war to throw a 200th birthday bash celebrating a proud history, whimsical culture and resilience embodied in the traditional independence cry: “Viva Mexico!”

  • An actress performs during the opening ceremony of the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 16, 2010. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrAn actress performs during the opening ceremony of the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 16, 2010. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • A woman participates in a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrA woman participates in a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • An illuminated mannequin of "La Catrina" during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrAn illuminated mannequin of "La Catrina" during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • The Zocalo plaza and Metropolitan cathedral were illuminated for the evening's events during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrThe Zocalo plaza and Metropolitan cathedral were illuminated for the evening's events during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • President Felipe Caldero, pictured with his family, capped the evening by ringing the original independence bell from a balcony in the Zocalo square and delivering "El Grito," patterned on founding father Miguel Hidalgo's 1810 call to arms against Spain: "Long live independence. Long live the bicentennial. Long live Mexico!" Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrPresident Felipe Caldero, pictured with his family, capped the evening by ringing the original independence bell from a balcony in the Zocalo square and delivering "El Grito," patterned on founding father Miguel Hidalgo's 1810 call to arms against Spain: "Long live independence. Long live the bicentennial. Long live Mexico!" Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Dancers form the word "Mexico" during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City's downtown Zocalo plaza, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrDancers form the word "Mexico" during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City's downtown Zocalo plaza, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Fireworks explode over the Metropolitan Cathedral during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrFireworks explode over the Metropolitan Cathedral during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • A girl waves a Mexican flag during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising.A girl waves a Mexican flag during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising.
  • People gather in Mexico City's downtown Zocalo plaza for bicentennial celebrations, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrPeople gather in Mexico City's downtown Zocalo plaza for bicentennial celebrations, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • A dancer dressed as a bouquet of flowers during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrA dancer dressed as a bouquet of flowers during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Dummies representing Mexican revolutionaries during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrDummies representing Mexican revolutionaries during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Dancers parade down the street dressed as devils during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrDancers parade down the street dressed as devils during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Actors perform during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrActors perform during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • The festivities were a welcome change for a country that most recently has seen car bombs, the assassination of a gubernatorial candidate, and the massacre of 72 migrants who refused to smuggle drugs for a brutal gang. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrThe festivities were a welcome change for a country that most recently has seen car bombs, the assassination of a gubernatorial candidate, and the massacre of 72 migrants who refused to smuggle drugs for a brutal gang. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • People dressed in the likeness of indigenous men participate in the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrPeople dressed in the likeness of indigenous men participate in the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Women wearing dresses in the colors of Mexico's flag dance on stilts during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrWomen wearing dresses in the colors of Mexico's flag dance on stilts during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Women wear masks representing "La Catrina" during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrWomen wear masks representing "La Catrina" during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Across the capital hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets to join the parade of floats, dancers and musicians. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr Across the capital hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets to join the parade of floats, dancers and musicians. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • "The Colossus" is transported in front of the Fine Arts Palace. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr"The Colossus" is transported in front of the Fine Arts Palace. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • The city spent $40 million on the fiesta which was two years in the making and drew people from across the country to the main Reforma Avenue and Zocalo Square. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrThe city spent $40 million on the fiesta which was two years in the making and drew people from across the country to the main Reforma Avenue and Zocalo Square. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr
  • Actors perform during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/FlickrActors perform during a bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its 1810 independence uprising. Photo: Mexico's Big Picture/Flickr

Mexico looked beyond its drug war to throw a 200th birthday bash celebrating a proud history, whimsical culture and resilience embodied in the traditional independence cry: “Viva Mexico!”

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