Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Mexican Independence Day Parade

In Mexico, as well as in the United States States and worldwide, Mexicans and their descendants celebrate September 16th as Mexico’s Independence Day. On September 16, 1810. the Indios and mestizos in the small village of Dolores, Mexico, under the helm of a Catholic priest, took up the battle cry of independence. That was the start of the 11-year long Mexican insurgency against 300 years of Spanish colonial rule.

Today, the Mexican-American community in San Benito County held its annual Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival. The parade was a breathtaking sight of caballeros and señoritas dressed in full splendor as they perched proudly upon their ponies, mares, and stallions of all types. Also in the parade were dancers, Festival queen contestants, and local public officials.

We didn’t make it down to the party, but according to the story in a local newspaper, it sounded like we had missed out on a good one.

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