In the last four daysTuesday, May 25, 2010
Bicentenary celebrations: more than 6 million people attend
The eight blocks of the Paseo del Bicentenario were not enough to contain the enormous crowd that arrived in Buenos Aires city today to enjoy the last day of the festivities commemorating the 200 years of the Mayo Revolution. According to official sources, more than six million people took part in the bicentenary celebrations in the last four days.
Millions of people celebrated the nation's bicentenary in a historic day that joined artistic expressions with history and many emotions, and that included a massive crowd not seen in the city for more than 30 years.
Entire families arrived early on Tuesday morning via train, cars, or busses, on a sunny day that contrasted with the bad weather lived the previous three days, although that was never an obstacle for those who participated in the celebrations and who showed enthusiasm, admiration, and patriotism at all times.
Millions walked through the city's downtown area with flags, hats, and any element with the colours light-blue and white. "This reminds me of the 1978 World Cup," Patricio Saldías, a spectator, said.
Another spectator, Helena, with her young daughter Rocío, did not hide her amazement before the gathered crowd and, although she could not walk, said: "we Argentines needed something like this, to be able to get together without the fear of having something happen to us on the streets and to be able to look at each other in the eyes."
The rotund success of the festivities was reflected in official figures: more than 6 million people from Friday until this afternoon and almost half that number only in the last day of celebrations.
In total, 72 gastronomic stands were set up and 45 thematic stands. It is calculated that all of them served more than 6,000 people per day.
During the last day, 80 automobiles belonging to the Tourism Highway made their motors roar down 9 de Julio Avenue. Moments later, seven Air Force planes flew low over the crowd to also join the celebrations, while folk music shows continued on the stage by the Obelisk.
The Paseo del Bicentenario was staged activities in which 1,200 artists provided 140 shows and 15,000 people participated in parades.
Tuesday night's meeting point was Plaza de Mayo square, where the closing parade was held, with 3,500 artists that performed 19 scenes from the last 200 years of Argentine history.
At the Cabildo, where the Mayo Revolution took place, images of the most important moments in our nation's history were projected on the façade of the building, while on the main stage on the 9 de Julio Avenue, the final concert was prepared, where the musician Fito Páez and the group Fuerza Bruta performed.