CALEXICO – The Mexican Consulate and the City of Calexico celebrated the 205th anniversary of Mexican Independence Day Saturday evening at Crummett Park in Calexico.
Giving El Grito de Dolores was none other than, Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Consul Titular of the Mexican Consulate in Calexico, who proudly waived the Mexican flag honoring his country.
Traditionally, Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day on September 16.
Over 2,000 people attended the event while “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la independencia” were chanted among the crowds throughout the night.
Local artist Grupo Alto Nivel, Mariachi Mixteco and artist imitators entertained the crowd with popular Mexican music.
“Great music, excellent weather, food and beer… it doesn’t get better than this,” said Leslie Anaya, a Calexico resident.
Independence Day is a national public holiday in Mexico with banks, schools, government offices and many businesses closed.
Surrounding the park were various booths with traditional antojitos Mexicanos (Mexican snacks) sold along with funnel cakes, aguas frescas, churros, nachos, cold beer and, of course, tacos.
“I am here with friends and family celebrating ahead of time the Mexican Independence Day. I am a proud Mexican and love my culture,” said Francisca Lopez, a Mexicali resident.
The Mexican Independence Day commemorates the day Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the “cry of independence” (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico.
There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores (el Grito de Dolores), was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.
Celebrations will continue through the month of September as the Mexican Consulate visits most of the cities in Imperial Valley.