A community-wide party to celebrate the anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.
Fiestas Patrias is a family event featuring popular Mexican music, dance, comedy and local Latino radio and television personalities. Variety shows will be held at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 8 p.m., and awards will be presented for excellence in music and dance. Food and information booths will also be set up.
Entertainment will include the dancing troupes of Ballet Folklorico, performing regional dances of Mexico, and the Cielo y Sol Dancers, a group of youngsters. Musicians will include Latin Soul, Marfil and Festival.
During the 8 p.m. performance, there will be a reading of the "Grito," the historic Mexican proclamation of independence. Mexico gained independence from Spain on Sept. 16, 1810.