Oct 12, 2008
Every October 12th Spain celebrates its National Day, also known as Día de la Hispanidad ('Day of Spanishness'), with a spectacular military procession in Madrid's Plaza de Colón. The date commemorates the so-called "discovery" of America by Cristobal Colon in 1492 and marks the birth of Spanish speaking communities abroad.
Disclosure: I took these photos on a sunny October 12th in 2006. I didn't go this year. The change in weather has left me sleepy and tired.. so today I chose my sleep, warm bed and duvet over the gloomy grey outdoors, crowds of Spanish patriots and their military possessions.