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September 16, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Groups representing every state in Mexico will parade through the streets of Santa Ana today to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The parade, which attracted more than 50,000 spectators last year, is a trip from the jungles of Chiapas to the fair of San Marcos" in Aguascalientes state, said Socorro Sarmiento, a representative of the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana. "It is a way to know Mexico without going all the way there."
September 11, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Last year, when the Mexican rock band Zoé won the best alternative music album award at the Latin Grammys, many critics considered the recognition long overdue. The group, which first came together in the late 1990s, has been among Latin America's most consistently brainy and enlightened explorers of neo-psychedelic rock, with album titles like the 2006 release "Memo Rex Commander y el Corazón Atómico de la Vía Láctea" (Commander Memo Rex and the Atomic Heart of the Milky Way)
September 15, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Painted on the cheeks of children, waving grandly from a balcony and planted in women's hairdos, Mexican flags were on display everywhere Sunday in Santa Ana as tens of thousands of people showed pride for their home country. The Fiestas de las Americas parade, commemorating Mexican Independence Day, drew the largest crowd in its 15-year history, police said.
September 7, 1996
Three Olympians will be honored at the annual Mexican Independence Parade to be held Sunday in East Los Angeles. Grand marshal for the parade is boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya, a 1992 gold medalist, who will cruise along the 2 1/2-mile route in a shiny red Corvette. Joining him in the 39th annual parade will be Paul Gonzalez, a 1984 boxing gold medalist, and Fernando Vargas, a 1996 Olympic boxer from Oxnard. The theme of the parade is "Olympic Echoes." The event will begin at 2 p.m.
September 13, 1986 | GEORGE RAMOS and LORENA OROPEZA, Times Staff Writers
Those who celebrated in May what they thought was Mexico's independence day can do it again this weekend. This time, they'll be right. A big-top circus from Mexico, folkloric dancing, several festivals and a re-enactment of a poor village priest's cry for freedom will begin the Southland's celebration of el 16 de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day. Many of the events take place in Santa Ana.
It was a far cry from the "Grito de Dolores," a call to arms by a rural Mexican priest that started Mexico's fight for independence from Spain in 1810. With a banner for the opera "Barber of Seville" fluttering in the background, throngs of mostly Latino residents gathered at the Music Center on Sunday to celebrate Mexico's independence from Spain by listening to an outdoor concert that was as diverse as the people who came to hear it.
September 16, 1996 | JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If the Guinness Book of World Records overlooks Sunday's Viva Mexico Festival, it won't be for lack of attendance. The turnstiles counted about 75,000 revelers at South El Monte's Whittier Narrows Recreational Area by the time they put on the Latin pop hit, "Macarena." The only question left: How many attendees actually got on their feet and joined in the famous line dance? According to the folks at Guinness, the record for the most people dancing together was set Aug.
For Frank Garcia, Mexican Independence Day isn't just about mariachis, folk dancing and spicy food. To him, celebrating Mexico's historic struggle for liberty from Spain is about cultural pride, he said, and the value of trying to make something of yourself.
July 31, 1994
White flight has been defined as a reaction by narrow-minded bigots to remove their families from people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. As a father of two children presently in the Los Angeles Unified School District and one more to enter in a few years, my experience has been greatly different. A first day at kindergarten for my one son consisted of learning the days of the week in Spanish, even though I'm not sure he knew them in English. I have watched as Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays have passed with little fanfare, but not Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence Day. My children have been thrown into bilingual Spanish classes time and again to prepare them for a future in a changing city.
September 14, 1989 | IRENE CHANG, Times Staff Writer
More than 4,000 Latinos will celebrate Mexico's independence from Spain Saturday by becoming U.S. citizens at East Los Angeles College, kicking off a weekend of events in and around the San Gabriel Valley to mark Mexican independence and National Hispanic Heritage Week, Sept. 11-16. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has arranged for 4,100 people to be sworn in at 9 a.m. at the college's Weingart Stadium, 1301 Brooklyn Avenue, Monterey Park.
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