The party is Thursday, but traditionally things start on the night of September 15 with “el grito” – a patriotic cry.
SAN DIEGO – Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on Wednesday the same day several Mexican Independence Day celebrations were held in San Diego.
Among the festivities was a block party in Little Italy that began in the early evening outside the Mexican Consulate General on India and Cedar streets.
The party is Thursday, but traditionally things start on the night of September 15 with “el grito” – a patriotic cry. The Little Italy event featured a group of mariachi bands, Mexican food vendors, and around a thousand people were expected.
Mexico’s Independence Day is often confused with Cinco de Mayo in the United States, but September 16 marks the anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain 211 years ago.
Last year, the celebrations were canceled due to the pandemic. The consulate announced to News 8 the novelties of this year: the support of Little Italy of neighboring businesses. The consulate also said that it is important to commemorate this day and that no matter where you live, you transmit your pride in your Mexican heritage.
“The pride in being part of Mexico, the pride in the culture that gives them an identity,” said Mexican Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez. “You can be a loyal American citizen but at the same time be proud of the country and the culture that gives you most of who you are.”
Wednesday’s “el grito” commemorates when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo cried for independence in 1810. At 8.15 am, the consul planned to appeal to the Mexicans and wave the Mexican flag.
Another celebration was also held on Wednesday at Café Coyote in Old Town, and the San Diego County Administrative Building was to be lit in Mexican colors to mark the occasion.
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