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Cuba Celebrates 60 Years Since Granma Landing with Epic Parade

IN PICTURES: "We are all Fidel!" Cubans commemorated the start of the campaign to topple the dictator Batista in a huge show of revolutionary energy.

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Cuban citizens and Revolutionary Armed Forces personnel celebrated 60 years since the private yacht Granma landed on Cuban shores.

Stocked with weapons and Cuban revolutionary cadre such as Fidel and Raul Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos and Che Guevara, the landing marked the beginning of an expedition aimed at toppling the dictator Fulgencio Batista and ending Cuba's subservience to U.S. imperialism and its local puppets.

Some of those marching held up images of Fidel with others holding banners reading "We are Fidel." While the parade normally takes place every five years on Dec. 2, it was postponed for a month due to his death at the age of 90 in late November.

Mexico City merchant and weapons expert Antonio del Conde, nicknamed "The Friend," met Fidel Castro in the 1950s and bought him the yacht that was used to sail from Mexico to spark the insurgency against the corrupt dictatorship.

"I have no words," del Conde said in an interview at his home in Mexico City. "He changed my life, like he changed the lives of many people in different countries around the world." Del Conde is also 90 years old.

The march also comes amidst signs that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will adopt a more aggressive policy against the socialist nation once he is inaugurated.

teleSUR takes a look at the Cuban people's latest demonstration of national solidarity and anti-imperialist revolutionary morale.

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An image of late Cuban President Fidel Castro hangs on a building as a replica of the Granma yacht passes by during a march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
An image of late Cuban President Fidel Castro hangs on a building as a replica of the Granma yacht passes by during a march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Soldiers march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
Soldiers march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
Soldiers march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
Soldiers march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
Soldiers march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
Soldiers march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
People march with images of Cuba
People march with images of Cuba's late President Fidel Castro to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
Young child dressed as Fidel Castro.
Young child dressed as Fidel Castro. Photo:Reuters
People march with a banner that reads "We are all Fidel" to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
People march with a banner that reads "We are all Fidel" to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the yacht Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
Cuban President Raul Castro (c), accompanied by the second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, José Ramón Machado (2-i), Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Leopoldo Cintra Frías (d), and the president of the Federation of University Students, Jennifer Bella (i), heads the military parade for the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution today, Monday, January 2, 2017, in the Plaza de la Revolucion de La Habana (Cuba).
Cuban President Raul Castro (c), accompanied by the second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, José Ramón Machado (2-i), Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Leopoldo Cintra Frías (d), and the president of the Federation of University Students, Jennifer Bella (i), heads the military parade for the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution today, Monday, January 2, 2017, in the Plaza de la Revolucion de La Habana (Cuba). Photo:EFE
Soldiers dressed as members of the Army of Liberation parade on horseback today, Monday, January 2, 2017, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana (Cuba).
Soldiers dressed as members of the Army of Liberation parade on horseback today, Monday, January 2, 2017, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana (Cuba). Photo:EFE
Soldiers dressed as members of the Army of Liberation parade on horseback today, Monday, January 2, 2017, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana (Cuba).
Soldiers dressed as members of the Army of Liberation parade on horseback today, Monday, January 2, 2017, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana (Cuba). Photo:EFE
Soldiers parade at the military parade for the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution today, Monday, Jan. 2, 2016, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana (Cuba).
Soldiers parade at the military parade for the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution today, Monday, Jan. 2, 2016, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana (Cuba). Photo:EFE
"I am Fidel"
"I am Fidel" Photo:EFE
Hundreds of thousands were estimated to have attended the event.
Hundreds of thousands were estimated to have attended the event. Photo:EFE
 People prepare to march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
People prepare to march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017. Photo:EFE
A replica of the Granma yacht passes by during a march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017.
A replica of the Granma yacht passes by during a march to mark the Armed Forces Day and commemorate the landing of the Granma, which brought the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959, in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 2, 2017. Photo:EFE
Published 2 January 2017
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