Spain National Day

Spain's King Felipe, center, salutes next to Queen Letizia, right, during a military parade to celebrate a holiday known as 'Dia de la Hispanidad' or Hispanic Day in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday. Spain commemorates Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World and also Spain's armed forces day. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID — Pomp, pageantry and a grand military parade marked Spain’s national day ceremonies in Madrid on Tuesday, overshadowing protests against what some see as a misguided celebration of Spanish colonial history.

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