President Humala leads great military parade in Lima

Great Military Parade celebrates the anniversary of Peru

Great Military Parade celebrates the anniversary of Peru's declaration of independence from Spain in 1821. Photo: ANDINA/César Campos

08:29 | Lima, Jul. 29.

This year's civic-military parade marking the 193rd Independence anniversary will open upon the arrival of President Ollanta Humala on Brazil Avenue in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

This traditional parade, held on July 29, a day after Peru's Independence Day, is attended by several political, military, religious and civil society leaders as well as hundreds of Peruvians who enthusiastically cheer from the stands lining the avenue year after year.

The Peruvian leader will review the troops upon his arrival in the main stand and then will authorize a high-ranking military officer to start the parade.

After this brief welcoming ceremony, all attendees, including government officials, religious authorities and civilians in general will join together to sing the national anthem.

Next, members of the Army, Air force, Navy and National Police will delight spectators with their stiff march, gala uniforms and sophisticated equipment and vehicles including tanks, trucks, and artillery.

One of the highlights of the parade will be the appearance of the Chavín de Huántar commando squad, who ended the 1997 Japanese embassy hostage crisis by raiding the Japanese ambassador's residence to free the hostages being held by the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA).

Delegations from neighboring countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, France and Mexico will join this year's parade.

The parade pays tribute to Peruvian Armed Forces for its contribution to the country, and at the same time, is an opportunity to inspire patriotism and love of country.

Residents and attendees in general are reminded to come early as seating is limited.


Published: 7/29/2014