55,000 attend Grito ceremony.
Baja California Governor Francisco Vega held Friday night the Grito de Independencia ceremony (Cry for Independence in English) that recreates the call for independence of the then New Spain by Father Miguel Hidalgo 207 years ago.
From the balcony of the State Executive Building, Gov. Vega called the more than 55,000 people present at the Civic Center Square to remember the Fathers of the Country that had traditionally included Catholic priests Hidalgo and Jose Maria Morelos, among others.
“Viva Mexico,” said Gov. Vega thrice, which the public responded accordingly. The ceremony then progressed with singing the National Anthem.
Members of the Mexicali Resiste movement yelled against Gov. Vega. State officers attempted hours before to isolate protestors, but to no avail.
The event closed with a concert from Mexican singer Ramon Ayala that the state has promoted on Facebook for weeks.
On Saturday morning, a Military Parade was held at the Civic Center to celebrate the country’s independence.