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Delegations From Eighty Countries Parade In Argentina As Part Of Bicentennial Festivities

By Dialogo
May 25, 2010

A multitude attended the so-called ‘Parade of Integration’ in Buenos Aires, in which delegations from more than eighty countries participated as part of the festivities for the bicentennial of the revolution that led to Argentine independence. Despite the rain that fell at times, thousands of people enthusiastically observed the passage of the delegations, whose more than four thousand members, dressed in their traditional local costumes, presented the characteristic music and dance of their countries. Eight blocks of Avenida 9 de Julio, in the center of the city, were converted into the so-called ‘Bicentennial Promenade,’ an open-air performance area that is the epicenter of the festivities that began on Friday and will culminate on 25 May, the two-hundredth anniversary of the revolution of independence. Dressed in colorful attire, the representatives of Brazil paraded an inflatable replica of Christ the Redeemer, around twenty meters tall, along Avenida 9 de Julio, while the large Chinese delegation made enormous puppets in the form of serpents, dragons, and mythological animals dance. The original presentations included dances, music, and even the dramatization of medieval battles, as in the case of the delegation from Denmark. Attendance at the Bicentennial festivities surpassed all expectations and has made this celebration the most popular one since the events marking the return to democracy in 1983. Saturday night, a multitude estimated at one million people filled the Bicentennial Promenade to attend a concert celebrating Latin American music, with performances by artists from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, and Paraguay, among others. The street festivities will culminate in an allegorical parade that will be held on Tuesday with two thousand participants and in which two hundred years of Argentine history is to be dramatized. A landmark of the festivities will be the reopening on Monday of the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires, celebrated for its acoustics, which has been closed for renovations since 2006. The Revolution of 25 May 1810 was the first cry of liberty seeking independence from the Spanish crown, opening the way to the liberation of Chile and Peru and ultimately to the declaration of Argentine independence in 1816.