Pasoans help ring in Mexico's independence
By El Paso Times
Letty Camacho and her family could
not travel across the U.S.-Mexico border to
celebrate Mexico's Independence Day, but they
were able to enjoy traditional Mexican music
and food at a fiesta Monday in Downtown El Paso.
"We don't stop from being
Mexican, and we celebrate however we can at
events such as the Fiestas Patrias," Camacho
said as mariachi music played in the background.
"We can't go over there (to Mexico), so
we should at least celebrate it here. We can't
miss their festivities."
The Consul General of Mexico held
its annual Fiestas Patrias late Monday at the
San Jacinto Plaza. The event had been at the
Chamizal National Memorial park in previous
years, but officials said they wanted to have
it at the Downtown plaza similar to the fiestas
patrias celebrated in Mexico.
Diez y Seis de Septiembre is a
commemoration of when Father Miguel Hidalgo
y Costilla gave "el grito," or the
cry, calling all Mexican people to initiate
Mexico's independence from Spain in 1810, said
Roberto Rodríguez Hernández, Consul
General of Mexico.
"With the Grito de Dolores,
every year we remember the initiation of the
independence. We do it with a grito, remembering
the heroes of that era," he said, saying
at midnight on Sept. 15 Mexicans cry "Viva
México" three times.
Escamilla and her husband, Holger
Sood, were among hundreds of people at the fiesta.
While standing in a long line to get a cup of
corn, Escamilla said she was impressed with
the good turnout.
"People are having fun,"
she said. "It wonderful just to be here,
and just to eat something and drink something
and listen to good music."
Among the performances were José
Luis Quezada "El Charrito de Oro,"
Ballet Folklórico Paso del Norte, Natalia
Baeza and others.
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