‘EL GRITO’ SOUNDS ON THE PLAZA
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.
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.