‘EL GRITO’ SOUNDS ON THE PLAZA

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION - The New Mex­i­can

Dozens of people gath­ered Satur­day evening on the Plaza for the 207th an­niver­sary of Mex­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day.

A res­o­lu­tion in July spon­sored by Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gon­za­les and City Coun­cilor Peter Ives ex­pressed sup­port for the cel­e­bra­tion of “El Grito de In­de­pen­cia” on the Plaza for the sec­ond year in a row, an event spon­sored by the Mex­i­can Con­sulate in Al­bu­querque. The city agreed to waive costs for the event, es­ti­mated to be about $4,220, in­clud­ing po­lice and fire pro­tec­tion.

“El Grito” is trans­lated as “the cry,” com­mem­o­rat­ing the be­gin­ning of the revo­lu­tion that led to Mex­i­can in­de­pen­dence from Span­ish dom­i­na­tion in 1821, says the res­o­lu­tion passed by city coun­cilors.

Each year in Mex­ico City, just be­fore mid­night Sept. 15, the Mex­i­can pres­i­dent kicks off the Sept. 16 cel­e­bra­tion by ring­ing the bell at the Na­tional Palace and then

do­ing El Grito. He ends the shout with “¡Viva Méx­ico!” The tra­di­tion

com­mem­o­rates a cry ut­tered by

a Ro­man Catholic priest from the small town of Dolores, Mex­ico.

The priest, Miguel Hi­dalgo y

Cos­tilla, on Sept. 16, 1810, called for the end of rule by Span­ish,

equal­ity of races and land re­dis­tri­bu­tion.

Other Mex­i­can cities hold sim­i­lar events in their plazas. U.S. cities also have joined the cel­e­bra­tion as

a way to rec­og­nize Mex­i­can-Amer­i­cans and Mex­i­can im­mi­grants’ con­tri­bu­tions to the United States.

“Sup­port of this cel­e­bra­tion would so­lid­ify the cul­tural ties be­tween New Mex­ico and Mex­ico,” says a city re­port in­cluded with the res­o­lu­tion.

New Mex­ico was a Mex­i­can prov­ince from 1821 un­til 1846, when U.S. Bri­gadier Gen­eral Stephen Watts Kearny marched into New Mex­ico and im­posed mil­i­tary rule.

JUSTIN HOR­WATH THE NEW MEX­I­CAN

Los Ami­gos, a mu­si­cal trio that plays au­then­tic Mex­i­can and Latin mu­sic, plays for a crowd at the Plaza dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of Mex­i­can in­de­pen­dence from Spain.

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