Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto led the military parade to commemorate the 206th anniversary of the start of Mexican Independence.

At 11 a.m., President Peña Nieto left the National Palace for Constitution Square, where, accompanied by Secretary of National Defense General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and Secretary of the Navy Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, as well as representatives of the branches of government, he hoisted the monumental flag.

Immediately afterwards, on board a military vehicle, the president reviewed troops stationed in Constitution Square.

Afterwards, from the central balcony of the National Palace, the president observed the military parade, accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, presidents of the Executive Boards of the Chamber of Deputies and Senators Edmundo Javier Bolaños Aguilar and Pablo Escudero Morales, respectively, and President of the Supreme Court of Justice Luis María Aguilar Morales, and the Secretaries of National Defense and the Navy.

President Peña Nieto was accompanied by a large group of outstanding sixth grade students, who were invited to watch the parade from the balcony of the National Palace.

Along the route, the military parade was witnessed by a large number of families who came to observe the demonstration of discipline and bravery by elements of the Armed Forces.

The armed forces demonstrated their high level of training and equipment and reaffirmed their commitment and loyalty to their country and to their supreme commander, the president.

Division General and Military Staff Diploma Holder Noé Sandoval Alcázar, Under-Secretary of National Defense and Commander of the Parade Column informed President Peña Nieto that the Military Parade had concluded uneventfully and involved one monumental flag, 48 war flags, 23,471 elements of the Parade Column and Air Parade of the Mexican Army, Navy and Air Force, together with the Federal Police, the National Association of Charros and the Mexican Federation of Charrería; 149 aircraft, 448 vehicles, 23 boats, 35 birds, 65 horses and 266 dogs, and lasted one hour and 58 minutes.