Madrid, Oct 12 (EFE).- Spain marked on Wednesday its National Day with a full military parade in the capital Madrid for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 4,000 members of the armed and security forces, 150 vehicles and 84 aircrafts took part in the parade.
The event marks the arrival of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia presided over the parade as well as Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez and other government officials.
“Let us celebrate what makes us a great society,” Sanchez posted on Twitter.
“Long live an open, supportive, decisive and modern Spain. The Spain that advances day by day in the face of challenges, the Spain that grows in the face of adversity,” he added.
Thousands of people gathered along the iconic Paseo de la Castellana to watch the parade, waving Spanish flags and cheering the monarchs.
Following the event, a reception was planned at the Royal Palace.
In 2020, the parade was canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak and in 2021, limited celebrations were held. EFE