Videos and Photos

We went to the Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico celebration held at the Kennedy Center on September 15, 2010. It was a great celebration: music, dance, food, drink, and a reverential El Grito ceremony. We had hoped to meet up with friends like Dulce, Janie, Lettie and Ruth. They were at the celebration but the crowd was so big we never got to see them. I did talk by cell phone to Dulce who at the time was in the Margarita line.  I bet she had a good time!

 El Grito de la Independencia ("Cry for the Independence"), first given on September 16, 1810 by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest from the small town of Dolores in the State of Guanajuato, was the battle cry that began the Mexican War of Independence. He rang the church bell and called on everyone to fight for liberty. Every September 15 at 11 p.m., the President of Mexico re-creates the moment in which Father Hidalgo gathered his followers in 1810. Appearing before the crowd assembled in Mexico City's Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world, he rings the bell of the National Palace and invites Mexicans to commemorate together the legacy of the heroes of Mexico's independence.

Videos (from my cell phone)