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Americans, Mexicans celebrate 'El Grito'

September 16, 2013

September 16 is a very important holiday for Mexican citizens and people with Mexican roots. Mexico Independence Day celebrations are held on what's known as "El Grito," which translates to "The Scream." This year was the 203rd anniversary of the holiday, and people all over the world celebrated. It was most likely the topic of discussion for individuals using calling cards to Mexico.

In San Jose
Celebrations were happening all over Mexico, but many of the festivities happened in California, where there is a large population of Mexican-American citizens. According to the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose was alive with various holiday activities. The primary spot of the festivities was at Discovery Meadow, which is located near the Children's Discovery Museum.

The weather was ideal, which may be in part what inspired the large turnout. But many people likely also came to enjoy the music - there were both classic and contemporary Mexican musicians showing off their skills. In addition to the tunes, celebrants could enjoy food, dance presentations, games and a market where Mexican items were sold.

LA Celebrations
In Los Angeles, people gathered at City Hall for the city's celebration of "El Grito," according to local news station KTLA.

"I, like the other 1.2 million Mexican and Mexican-American Angelenos, am very proud of my heritage, and it brings me great pride to be this year's sponsor for 'El Grito' festivities,'" said LA Councilman Felipe Fuentes, according to the news source.

The newly elected member of LA's local government also participated in the ringing of the "rebellion bell," which is a part of "El Grito" tradition.

Coachella Honors "El Grito"
Coachella, California, also held a major celebration, reports MyDesert.com. The number of visitors climbed into the thousands, all gathered under two large canopies to help keep them cool on the hot September day. This year, the festival was moved to a larger venue, Ranchos Las Flores Park, because so many were expected to take part. The reason for the increase in the number of celebrants was in part due to the booming Mexican-American population in the region.

Live music, food, games and free prizes were all part of the Coachella celebrations. Some of the cuisine for sale included Elote, a Mexican corn treat, and delicious shaved ice.

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