(HAVANA) -- Hundreds of thousands of Cubans turned out for a military parade through the capital of Havana on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the failed CIA-led invasion at the Bay of Pigs.
The 1961 mission, aimed at overthrowing Fidel Castro, was unsuccessful after the Cuban leader urged his military and common citizens to fight against American-backed forces.
Many Cubans regard the day as a major victory over the United States.
Parades on Saturday showcased the socialist state's military hardware, flanked by thousands of marching young Cuban men and women who waved red handkerchiefs.
Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio