From Tiananmen Square to its major parks, Beijing will throw massive parties on October 1 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The highlight of the three days of celebrations will be a military parade and mass pageant on Chang'an Avenue after a speech by President Hu Jintao. Like the speeches of his predecessors, it will be delivered on the balcony of the Gate of Heavenly Peace, which overlooks Tiananmen Square. The parade would display achievements China has made on defensive fronts over the past 60 years, a spokesman for the 60th National Day celebration preparation committee told Xinhua. It would also showcase China's resolve to safeguard regional peace and stability. About 200,000 people and 60 floats will take part in the massive pageant, whose theme will be 'The Motherland and I, Marching Together'. Security in areas surrounding Tiananmen Square is expected to be drum-tight. A source familiar with the celebration arrangements said the event at Tiananmen Square would not be open to the public; the audience would be carefully selected. Hotels along part of Chang'an Avenue near Tiananmen Square said their rooms had been booked by the government between September 28 and October 2. No other guests would be allowed to occupy the hotels. 'We don't know yet who will be checking into the rooms, but it's likely to be the security personnel,' said an employee with the Raffles Beijing Hotel who refused to give her name. Budgets for this year's celebration events had been cut slightly because of the recession, the source familiar with the celebration arrangements said. Xinhua quoted the celebration spokesman as saying the committee would create a festive environment 'at an economical cost'. Aside from the parade, 'colourful performances' and a 'splendid fireworks display' have been promised for a gala at Tiananmen Square on the night of October 1. A huge reception would be held in the Great Hall of the People by the State Council on the eve of National Day, Xinhua reported. Guests would probably include people who had made contributions to China's development. From October 1 to 3, parties and functions will be held in Beijing's parks to celebrate National Day. An exhibition featuring China's progress in the past six decades will be held at the Beijing Exhibition Centre in the last two weeks of September. To prepare for the anniversary, Beijing has already stepped up security measures and cracked down on activists and dissidents. Beijing announced on Sunday that it would reactivate the blanket security plan used for last year's Olympic Games in the run-up to the anniversary.