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Mexican Independence Festivities Start Today

September 11, 1998

Celebrations for Mexican Independence Day will kick off today at Plaza Olvera, where 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-day fiesta.

Free to the public, Fiestas 16 will showcase live musical acts and Mexican folkloric dancing. Mayor Richard Riordan will give an official welcome from the city today at 5 p.m., said Norma Villegas, spokeswoman for KVEA, the Spanish-language TV station that is helping to organize the event.

The fiesta will open at 6 a.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Besides mariachi music and "rock en espanol" bands, the Mexican Cultural Institute will have a multipurpose room for children, said Villegas.

On Saturday and Sunday, activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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