Mexican officials plan to kick off a year’s worth of bicentennial events, commemorating their independence with a float at the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade held on January 1, in Pasadena, California.
“It’s about putting Mexico in an international forum … like the Rose Parade,” said Juan Marcos Gutierrez, consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles. “The message is pretty much that today we are starting the celebrations throughout the year.”
The float – featuring floral replicas of the Aztec calendar and Mexico City’s Angel of Independence, skirted by 36 people dancing to traditional Mexican music – is the first time in recent years that the nation has featured a float in the parade. The last time the Mexican government sponsored a float in the parade was 1968, the same year the nation hosted the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
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