Spain cel­e­brates first na­tional day with­out govern­ment

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Al­most a year into Spain’s po­lit­i­cal dead­lock, the coun­try is cel­e­brat­ing its Na­tional Day with a mil­i­tary pa­rade of over 3,000 sol­diers march­ing through Madrid and air­craft draw­ing trails of red and yel­low smoke in the sky to rep­re­sent the flag.

Spec­ta­tors de­fied the spo­radic rain yes­ter­day and lined the streets of cen­tral Madrid as King Felipe VI presided over the pa­rade, ac­com­pa­nied by Queen Le­tizia and their daugh­ters, princesses Leonor and Sofia.

This the first pa­rade to be cel­e­brated with­out a govern­ment in place, as the coun­try ap­proaches a year of po­lit­i­cal grid­lock.

The hol­i­day is known as Dia de la His­panidad, or His­panic Day. It cel­e­brates Christo­pher Colum­bus’ ar­rival in the New World and is also Spain’s armed forces’ day.

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