Scenes from today's celebration of Simon Bolivar's birthday. Bolivar, of course, led the armies which freed northern South America from Spain, and half of the streets, plazas, parks, currencies and even nations in this region are named after him.
Even tho Bolivar's been idolized, he was a mixed bag. In the end, he wanted to be made dictator for life. Bolivar also famously denounced the young United States - but pursued alliances with England, then the world's super power.
|Posters for a competing celebration of Bolivar's birthday, this one also celebrating populist leader Gaitan and Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez.|