A photo blog of world events by Sacbee.com Assistant Director of Multimedia Tim Reese.
Subscribe to feed Subscribe to this blog's feed
September 16, 2010
Mexico's 200th birthday bash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- 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!" Across the capital, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets despite their fears, blowing horns and dancing alongside a parade of serpent floats, marching cacti and 13-foot-tall warrior marionettes and staying late into the night at open-air concerts. (28 images)

Follow The Frame on Twitter at sacbee_theframe

People 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. AP / Marco Ugarte


bicentennial_02.jpg
Fire explodes from the roof of the National Palace during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City's main Zocalo plaza, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Dario Lopez-Mills



bicentennial_03.jpg
The National Palace is illuminated in the Zocalo during a rehearsal for the bicentennial independence parade in Mexico City, Sunday Sept. 12, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_04.jpg
A float symbolizing the Quetzalcoatl, or the Plumed Serpent, passes in front of the National Palace during bicentennial celebrations in the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Alexandre Meneghini



bicentennial_05.jpg
Artists perform outside the National Palace during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo plaza in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Alexandre Meneghini



bicentennial_06.jpg
Fireworks explode over Paseo de la Reforma avenue during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_07.jpg
Fireworks explode over the Metropolitan Cathedral during bicentennial celebrations at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Alexandre Meneghini



bicentennial_08.jpg
Fireworks explode over the Zocalo plaza during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Marco Ugarte



bicentennial_09.jpg
Fireworks explode over the National Palace during opening ceremonies for the Bicentenary of Mexican Independence on September 15, 2010 in Mexico City. AFP/ Getty Images / Luis Acosta



bicentennial_10.jpg
The Metropolitan cathedral is lit by fireworks during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City's main Zocalo plaza, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Dario Lopez-Mills



bicentennial_11.jpg
People dressed as horned skeletons cycle during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_12.jpg
Artists perform during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_13.jpg
Women wear masks representing "La Catrina" during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_14.jpg
Men wearing Aztec costumes perform during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_15.jpg
Men wearing Aztec costumes perform during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_16.jpg
Chinelo dancers perform during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_17.jpg
A dancer dressed as a bouquet of flowers performs during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_18.jpg
A woman participates in the parade for the celebration of the Bicentenary of the country's Independence, at Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, on September 15, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Alfredo Estrella



bicentennial_19.jpg
Actors perform during the ceremony for the Bicentenary of the country's Independence, at the Zocalo square in Mexico City, on September 15, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Ronaldo Schemidt



bicentennial_20.jpg
Participants march during the parade celebrating the country's Independence Bicentenary, in Mexico City, on September 15, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Alfredo Estrella



bicentennial_21.jpg
Dancers perform during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City, Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010. AP / Miguel Tovar



bicentennial_22.jpg
Dancers from "Ballet Mexico Vivo" perform regional dances from the most traditional states of Mexico during a celebration of the bicentennial of Mexico's independence at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve in Las Vegas Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. AP / K.M. Cannon



bicentennial_23.jpg
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. AP / Marco Ugarte



bicentennial_24.jpg
Soldiers line up in front of Mexico's flag prior to reenactments of historic battles during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City, Monday Sept. 13, 2010. AP / Alexandre Meneghini



bicentennial_25.jpg
Soldiers fire cannons as Mexico's President Felipe Calderon arrives for the reenactment of historic battles during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City, Monday Sept. 13, 2010. AP / Alexandre Meneghini



bicentennial_26.jpg
Soldiers wearing military uniforms that were used by Mexican soldiers in WWII march by an antique plane during reenactments of Mexico's historic battles during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City, Monday Sept. 13, 2010. AP / Alexandre Meneghini



bicentennial_27.jpg
People watch a Bicentennial Charreada from the stands in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 12, 2010. AP / Guillermo Arias



bicentennial_28.jpg
A Mexican charro performs during a Bicentennial Charreada in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 12, 2010. AP / Guillermo Arias



About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.