Despite this country is today landlocked by losing its seafront
during the Pacific War, Bolivia has maritime forces! This is not a joke, they
are essentially parked on Titicaca Lake and on the great affluent rivers of
Amazon, particularly in Trinidad, capital of Beni. In Amazon, the maritime
forces are used in order to combat drug trade.
This annual celebration sees parading in the streets of La Paz
the maritime forces, and particularly on Eduardo Avaroa’s Square, this hero of
the Pacific War during which Bolivia lost its access to the sea for the benefit
of Chile. Military parades are solemn and represent the importance given to
this loss in the national and patriotic consciousness. This day is also the
moment for the government of La Paz to reiterate its intention of regaining one
day sovereignty on this coastline.