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Mexican Independence Day

September 13, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Folk dances, mariachi bands and speeches will commemorate Mexican Independence Day at the city's second annual celebration Monday at San Fernando City Hall. Activities will include performances by the Ballet Folklorico Ollin, Ballet Folklorico Mexican del Valle de San Fernando, Mariachi Recuerdo Mexicano, the Johnny Alonso Band and the dance troupe Viva Panama, among others. The event marks the 187th anniversary of Mexico's first salvo in its war to gain independence from Spain. On Sept.
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.
July 15, 1991
First of all, I'd like to state that as a professional musician/artist I've always viewed Los Lobos as first-rate artists, musicians and trailblazers. Prior to their commercial hit "La Bamba," they had already been internationally acknowledged as an important new group of artists. Their endeavors to break new artistic ground are second to none. Louis Perez's July 4 comments about the "Latino Legends of Rock 'n' Roll" concert held at the Greek Theatre on July 6 did not disturb me. Perez was supporting more shows like these throughout the year, as opposed to special, one-time only concerts featuring Latino artists on Cinco de Mayo or Sept.
September 16, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
From preschoolers, who dressed up as little birds in yellow paper hats and danced the los pajaritos , all the way up to sixth-graders who belted out a history of Mexican independence, students at O'Melveny Elementary School in San Fernando marked Mexican Independence Day on Wednesday with exuberance and pride. Dressed in the red, white and green of the Mexican flag, students shook maracas made of milk cartons filled with beans and waved colored streamers tied to their wrists.
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 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.
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