No sign of Fidel Castro at Revolution Day event

In this photo released on Monday, July 12, 2010 by the state media Cubadebate website, Cuban leader Fidel Castro gestures during an interview with Cubavision in Havana, during the "Mesa Redonda" or "Round Table", a daily Cuban talk show on current events. ((AP Photo/Cubadebate,Alex Castro))

July 26, 2010 6:49:23 AM PDT
A public celebration to mark Revolution Day has begun in this central Cuban city with no sign of Fidel Castro.

The 83-year-old ex-president had a made a string of appearances at small public events in recent weeks, fueling speculation he could turn up for Monday's event in Santa Clara.

Instead, Raul Castro - who succeeded his older brother as president, first temporarily, then permanently - presided over the event.