MEXICO CITY, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- A dazzling parade featuring 7,000 volunteers aboard over 200 floats set off Wednesday in Mexico as part of its colorful bicentennial celebration.
To display multiple aspects of Mexico's history, the parade set out from the Angel of Independence, a statue that commemorates the nation's independence, and marched down the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, Mexico City's main street.
When the parade ends, President Felipe Calderon will give the famous shout of independence, known as "El Grito," in Constitution Square, the central plaza of the capital.
Accompanied by dancing revelers dressed as cacti, the first float, featuring the Diario de Mexico, the newspaper published in 1810 announcing the birth of Mexico as a nation, moved along the avenue, which was bustling with millions of people.
Another float featured an army of puppets, among them the revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, with traditional sombreros and giant skeletal horses. Behind them there was a float crowded with hundreds of various hats symbolizing all the nation's regions.
Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821.