200th anniversary of Mexico's independence

This week, Mexico celebrated the 200th anniversary since the beginning of the War of Independence. In September 1810 the Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo and-Costil called on the people to revolt against the Spaniards. This cry later became known as the cry of Dolores. Shortly thereafter constant skirmishes with the Spaniards turned into a real war, which lasted more than 10 years, and as a result led to the independence of Mexico. 200 years later, tens of thousands of Mexicans took to the streets of Mexico City to celebrate this landmark date. But the celebration was held in the shadow of unpleasant events, including drug war and criticism of the government. Collected here are photos from the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence.









1. Women soldiers in traditional Mexican costumes take part in a dress rehearsal before the parade in honor of Mexican Independence Day on September 10 in Mexico City. (AP Photo / Alexandre Meneghini)


2. Aircraft Pilatus PC-7 flying during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence in the capital on September 13. (REUTERS / Henry Romero)


3. The artist works on his painting - portrait of Mexican revolutionary during the contest in honor of Independence Day in Mexico City on 11 September. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / Getty Images)


4. Mexican troops in ancient costumes participate in the simulation of the historic battle for independence in Mexico City on September 13. (REUTERS / Henry Romero)

5. People are watching how the military mimic the historic battle for independence in Mexico City on September 13. (AP Photo / Alexandre Meneghini)

6. Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete of Mexico speaks to journalists on arrival at the international airport Benito Juarez. The girl arrived on September 13 parade in honor of Independence Day as an honored guest. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

7. A girl from the team eskaramuza parade in Tijuana September 12th. (AP Photo / Guillermo Arias)

8. The Mexican cowboy performs in a parade in honor of Independence Day in Tijuana September 12th. (AP Photo / Guillermo Arias)

9. Schoolgirls in typical Mexican dress dancing at the presentation of his school in Mexico City on September 14. (REUTERS / Claudia Daut)

10. The Mexican actor performs at Day of Mexico in the country pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai on September 16. (AP Photo / Eugene Hoshiko)

11. Members of the Mexican Army at a ceremony in memory of the "children of the hero" - a group of cadets heroically defended his body in Mexico City during the Mexican-American War, during a parade in honor of Independence Day of Mexico in Mexico City on September 13. (AP Photo / Alexandre Meneghini)

12. Mexican troops participate in the parade in honor of Independence Day in Mexico City on September 13.

13. Student of the local military academy keeps an eagle during Independence Day celebrations in Coacalco, on the outskirts of Mexico City, September 14th. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

14. The actor during the ceremony "Fuego Nuevo" or "New Fire", which was held in celebration of Independence Day in the Zocalo in Mexico City on September 15. (AP Photo / Alexandre Meneghini)

15. Thousands of people gathered in the Zocalo in the Mexican capital to mark the 200th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the country's 15 September. (REUTERS / Jose Hernandez)

16. Acrobat rehearsing room before the parade in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence on September 12 in Mexico City. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

17. Dancer in the parade in Mexico City on September 15. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

18. mariachi boy sitting on the ground during the celebration of Independence Day of Mexico in Mexico City on September 15. (© Bruno Gomez De la Cueva)

19. The actress, representing America, rides on the float during the parade in Mexico City on September 15. (REUTERS / Felipe Courzo)

20. Soldiers of the Mexican army marching in a parade in honor of Independence Day in Mexico City on September 16. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

21. The actress in the image of the Angel of Independence (left) rappel on the background of this statue of the Angel of Independence during a parade in Mexico City on September 15. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

22. A young man in a mask Lucha Libre wrestler watching the parade in Mexico City on September 15. (© Bruno Gomez De la Cueva)

23. The members of the Mexican Air Force march during a military parade in honor of Independence Day in the main square of Mexico City Zocalo on September 16. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

24. Aircraft of the Angel of Independence during a military parade in Mexico City. (REUTERS / Eliana Aponte)

25. Puppets representing Emiliano Zapata hero of the revolution "go" at the parade in Mexico City. (REUTERS / Felipe Courzo)

26. Statement by the dancers at the parade in Mexico City. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

27. People look at the statue, which is the Mexicans who want to resist all the misery, a passing parade in Mexico City on September 15. (REUTERS / Gerardo Garcia)

28. Horned skeletons riding bicycles on parade in Mexico City. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

29. Dancers chinelo appear at the parade in Mexico City on September 15. (AP Photo / Miguel Tovar)

30. Actors in costumes La Katrina in Mexico City. (REUTERS / Felipe Courzo)

31. Thousands of people gathered in the Zocalo, to mark the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the revolution in Mexico, which later led to its independence. (REUTERS / Jose Hernandez)

32. The platform, which symbolizes Quetzalcoatl, or "feathered serpent", passes in front of the National Palace during a parade in honor of Independence Day on September 15. (AP Photo / Alexandre Meneghini)

33. Spectators at the parade in Mexico City. Some of them were transplanted cards for guests. (© Bruno Gomez De la Cueva)

34. Fireworks illuminate the city's cathedral on the main square of Mexico City Zocalo. (AP Photo / Dario Lopez-Mills)

35. Mexican President Felipe Calderon flag waving from the balcony. (REUTERS / Henry Romero)

36. Actors perform at the ceremony in honor of the Independence of Mexico Zocalo on 15 September. (Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP / Getty Images)

37. Acrobats formed the word "Mexico" on the Zocalo. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

38. Salute in honor of Independence Day lights up the night sky. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / Getty Images)

39. Artists hug during Independence Day celebrations in Mexico City. (AP Photo / Dario Lopez-Mills)

40. Fireworks, symbolizing the flag of Mexico on the National Palace. (LUIS ACOSTA / AFP / Getty Images)

41. Collected sculpture "Colossus" on the Zocalo in Mexico City. (Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP / Getty Images)

42. Fireworks over the Metropolitan Cathedral during Independence Day celebrations in Mexico City. (AP Photo / Alexandre Meneghini) via Source

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