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Mexican Independence Day

September 17, 1997 | REGINA HONG
Taking care to stay within the lines, Martiza Ahumada lightly colored in the eagle with a fat, brown crayon. After cutting her paper eagle perched above a cactus and pasting it on crisp, white paper sandwiched by broad green and red stripes, voila--the 6-year-old had constructed a Mexican flag. For Martiza and her fellow students in a first-grade class at Campus Canyon Elementary School in Moorpark, Tuesday's art project was a colorful way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
August 27, 1997
The ninth Fiestas Patrias de Independencia street fair will be held in downtown Santa Ana Sept. 12-14, organizers announced Tuesday. Sponsored by the Downtown Santa Ana Business Assn. and numerous corporate sponsors, this year's fiesta will feature top acts in contemporary Spanish music, organizers said. Association spokesman Bob Leavitt said it will cost about $100,000 to put on the event, but all expenses, including police security, will be paid by the business group and sponsors.
September 14, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Residents are invited to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the Canoga Park Latin American Festival 2000 on Saturday. The first-time event, sponsored by the nonprofit Canoga Park Improvement Assn., will feature food, dancing, a raffle and musical and dance entertainment by several groups.
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 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.
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