LIMA – Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra viewed on Sunday the civilian and military parade on the occasion of the country’s 197th Independence Day celebrations in Lima, an event in which invited delegations from several countries also participated.
Vizcarra attended the parade with his family, who viewed the passage of folklore groups assembled by the Culture Ministry to open the event amid a festive atmosphere.
Then, on the official viewing stand, the head of state welcomed the musical bands of the armed forces and the National Police, escorted by the head of Parliament, Daniel Salaverry, and other top government officials.
The procession along central Brasil Avenue included invited delegations from military schools in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Mexico.
Thousands of citizens also watched the parade from along Brasil Avenue, where grandstands and bleachers had been erected for the public – and where first aid units were stationed to provide medical attention requiring it.
In addition, the top students from various high Peruvian schools also marched in the parade, and the National Police contributed a delegation from the Special Intelligence Group, well-known for its capture of the founder of the Sendero Luminoso guerrillas, Abimael Guzman, along with that group’s top leadership, in 1992.
Also marching by the official dais were assorted military units, both masculine and feminine, from the air force, navy and army.
Before attending the parade, Vizcarra – along with his Cabinet members and other top government officials – participated in a thanksgiving ceremony held by the country’s Protestant churches.