Grand parade celebrates Hanoi anniversary

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A magnificent parade of 31.000 participants marching in the historic Ba Dinh Square on Sunday morning set the tone as the country celebrated the 1000th birthday of the capital city.

The government said it was the largest ever parade held in the country, also the biggest event in the 10-day celebration for Hanoi.

Soldiers and police officers of seventeen military groups participated in the parade, the government said in a report on its website.

Ten helicopters bearing flags flew over the Ba Dinh Square, where President Ho Chi Minh had read the nation's Declaration of Independence in 1945.

Speaking at the parade, President Nguyen Minh Triet said 1,000 years since King Ly Thai To chose the city as the capital of Vietnam, Thang Long-Hanoi stood strong and "worthy to be the heart of the nation."

He called for more efforts to develop the city so that it can achieve parity with other major cities in the world.

The 10-day celebration wrapped up Sunday night with an art show at the My Dinh National Stadium. The city canceled fireworks displays at all planned venues except at the stadium, donating the funds to central provinces hit by floods last week.

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