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Mexico Visitors Are Invited to a Countrywide Party

Bob Schulman - The Huffington Post
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August 10, 2017
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Father Hidalgo’s Cry of Dolores (Independence Museum)

You’re in luck if you happen to be in Mexico on Sept. 16. Wherever you are down there, don’t be surprised if you’re invited to the likes of colorful fiestas, mariachi shows, block parties and sing-alongs in the cantinas while fireworks liven up the sky that night.

That’s because Sept. 16 is Mexico Independence Day, marking the day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo, in an impassioned speech in the little town of Dolores, urged Mexicans to rise up against the Spanish government. They did, sparking what became a 10-year war for independence.

Kicking off a national celebration in Mexico City, the Mexican president will ring a bell and repeat Father Hidalgo’s iconic “Cry of Dolores.” In past years, better than a half-million merry-makers have turned out for the presidential event followed by musical performances and one of the world’s most spectacular fireworks shows.

Similar celebrations staged around Father Hidalgo’s cry (called “El Grito”) will take place in cities across the country. Out on the Yucatan Peninsula at Campeche, for example, tourists are welcome to join townsfolk whooping it up at the city’s Moch-Couho Plaza next to the government palace. Down in Acapulco, you can join join the locals’ joyful chanting (all you need to do is shout “Viva” when everyone else does). Then enjoy the fireworks, visit food booths along the pier and party until dawn.

... Among hotels celebrating the event in Puerto Vallarta, the Fiesta Americana will stage ballet and mariachi performances while hotel staffers mosey around in traditional outfits known as “charro and china poblana” before the night is wrapped up with – you guessed it – a fireworks show.

Read the rest at The Huffington Post

Related: Destinations & Resorts Celebrate Mexican Independence Day This September (Travel Pulse)


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