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BUENOS AIRES, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Military bands from 10 countries took part in Argentina's Independence Day celebrations on Sunday, marking the first military procession in such celebrations in the country in some 15 years.

Organized by the Argentine Defense Ministry, the parade marking the bicentennial of Argentina's independence from Spain featured some 1,000 military musicians from Bolivia, Chile, Spain, the United States, France, Italy, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

The military bands marched from the intersection of Libertador and Salguero avenues in the district of Palermo to the national polo field in Buenos Aires.

Defense Minister Julio Martinez stressed the "cultural" aspect of the parade, saying it helped cement relations with the guest countries.

It "allows us to bolster integration with the participating countries" and "strengthen the connection between the armed forces and civil society," he said.

The country's history of military dictatorship in the late 1970s and early 1980s had discouraged military procession of this kind.

Argentina's new government, headed by President Mauricio Macri, decided to revive the tradition.

The bands were escorted by about 4,000 Argentine troops on foot from the army, navy and air force, as well as war veterans. Starting at 11 a.m. local time (14:00 GMT), the parade concluded with a salute from Macri.

Some of the military contingents wore uniforms from previous periods in history.

The parade drew applause from civilians, many of them watching from balconies festooned with flags.

"It's very exciting," Maria Perez Salvadores, a 61-year-old civilian, told Xinhua. "In the past, such parades took place regularly, but then the tradition died out."

Perez said the parade reminded her of "the parades of my childhood" and "my grandfather, Antonio Perez, who took part in the Conquest of the Desert," a military campaign in the 1870s that established Argentina's control over the southern Patagonian region.

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Currency Unit Central parity rate in yuan

U.S. dollar 100 656.70

Euro 100 787.49

Japanese yen 100 5.8923

Hong Kong dollar 100 84.144

British pound 100 888.19

Australian dollar 100 525.98

New Zealand dollar 100 480.89

Singapore dollar 100 488.00

Swiss franc 100 682.88

Canadian dollar 100 534.42

Malaysian ringgit 63.814 100

Ruble 883.81 100

Rand 202.92 100

Korean won 17,101 100

UAE dirham 55.937 100

Saudi riyal 57.115 100

Hungarian forint 3 Cheap Men's Air Max 97 Shoes All Black Australia ,910.82 100

Polish zloty 54.352 100

Danish krone 94.47 100

Swedish krona 121.09 100

Norwegian krone 118.81 100

Turkish lira 53.124 100

Mexican peso 271.35 100

The central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day.

The central parity rate of the yuan against the Hong Kong dollar is based on the central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar and the exchange rate of the Hong Kong dollar against the U.S. dollar at 9 a.m. in international foreign exchange markets on the same business day.

The central parity rates of the yuan against the other 21 currencies are based on the average prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank foreign exchange market.

(This article is generated by Xinhua News Robot.)

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"We are very happy and satisfied with the wide participation of contestants coming from various provinces," said Yang.

Serena Williams put the icing on the cake of another magnificent Wimbledon campaign by teaming up with sister Venus for a sixth doubles crown at the All England Club on Saturday.

The reigning Olympic champions beat Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court -- hours after Serena claimed a record-equalling 22nd grand slam singles title by defeating Germany's Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3.

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"It's unbelievable," said Serena. "It's a feat even I couldn't have thought would have happened. It's amazing."

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