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At around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 2, traffic became snarled in Centro de Tijuana, with all incoming vehicles on Calle Tercera diverted onto Calle Madero.

Mexico marked its 102nd year since the revolution of 1910. In that revolt, president Porfirio Díaz, now historically considered a dictator after some 35 years as the ruler of Mexico (including shenanigans that included jailing his political opponents and claiming elections while they were incarcerated) was overthrown in a revolt and subsequent revolution led by Francisco Madero. Díaz fled Mexico, taking exile in Spain, and eventually passed away in France in 1915. Madero took office in 1911 but was assassinated in 1913.

In Tijuana, a parade was held to commemorate the occasion, but little of the parade seemed to have to do with the historical event, save that the attractions filed down the main thoroughfare Avenida Revolución, for which the historical event was named. The main theme seemed to revolve around the competency of Tijuana’s local law enforcement.

The entire ordeal lasted for about four hours. The front end of the parade was most interesting, featuring law-enforcement officials showing their prowess at everything from motorcycle stunts to a mock take-down of pretend criminals on a Tijuana bus.

The street was lined with spectators, food vendors, and amateur photographers. By two in the afternoon, the streets had cleared and life in Tijuana resumed to normal.

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David Dodd Nov. 22, 2012 @ 12:51 p.m.

Until the Reader staff in charge of embedding video finishes the turkey and stuffing, here's a link to the video that should accompany this piece:

https://vimeo.com/54105450

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bohemianopus Nov. 22, 2012 @ 2:03 p.m.

Nice article. Thanks for making this bit of history interesting!

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David Dodd Nov. 22, 2012 @ 2:05 p.m.

Also, the beginning of the piece should read "November 20", not "November 2".

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Javajoe25 Nov. 22, 2012 @ 11:32 p.m.

Thanks for the vid link, Refried.

What a difference as compared to what we might expect from our police dept here. Can you imagine our police dept in a parade demonstrating how to put 4 men on one motorcycle? Or, a cop diving under another as they drive over him on motorcycles? Never happen, and that is the cultural difference and I say Viva Mexico! Those guys know what a parade is for!

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David Dodd Nov. 23, 2012 @ 1:15 p.m.

It was surprisingly entertaining, Joe. After the demonstration ended where the 4 "suspects" were captured from off of the small bus, the "suspects" then walked up the parade route to anticipate the next demonstration up the street. Several bystanders then joked that it was business-as-usual, as the "suspects" had escaped police custody.

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Javajoe25 Nov. 23, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m.

Exactamente! Or, more likely, the criminals go to jail and then mysteriously escape,

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