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SAN ANTONIO (September 5, 2018) – For the first time ever, San Antonio’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commemoration and kick off to Hispanic Heritage Month will feature three signature events combined into one weekend for a grand celebration, in addition to almost 30 official events taking place through October. The two-day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 will feature the Dieciseis de Septiembre Parade, El Grito San Antonio, and Fiestas Patrias.
“This year of our Tricentennial, we celebrate San Antonio’s history – and we also celebrate the traditions and cultures that have helped our city become what it is today,” said District 1 Councilman and Honorary Diez y Seis Commission Chair Roberto C. Treviño. “Celebrating these Diez y Seis events together at the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month provides a cultural and educational experience for the residents and visitors of our city.”
On Sept. 15 the Avenida Guadalupe 37th Annual Dieciseis de Septiembre Parade and Celebration will take place from noon-9:30 p.m. at Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe St. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the Plaza and marches to Historic Market Square where parade-goers can enjoy the newly-combined El Grito ceremony and Fiestas Patrias. El Grito San Antonio begins at 6 p.m. on the Santa Rosa Street stage. Fiestas Patrias takes place Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. All three events are free and open to the public.
This historic weekend celebration is a collaboration between the Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio, San Antonio Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission, Avenida Guadalupe Association, LULAC Council 648, San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council, and La Familia Cortez. The combined events will provide a unique opportunity to not only participate in a more than 200 year tradition of celebrating Mexico’s independence from Spain, but to also experience the culture and traditions of Mexico.
“The most important date in the Mexican civic calendar is the commemoration of the Mexican Independence on September 15. In every town in Mexico, as well as in every city where there is an embassy or consulate, our history, culture and traditions are celebrated in ‘El Grito,’” said Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil, Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio. “As a result of our strong ties with San Antonio, as well as the presence of millions of residents of Mexican origin in this region, our Fiestas Patrias are destined to be one of the most prominent in the United States.”
San Antonio’s citywide celebration includes educational and cultural programming for all ages. The 2018 Diez y Seis de Septiembre events calendar is available for free at all San Antonio Public Library branch locations and other partner locations throughout the city. The calendar is also available online at www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com. This year’s commemoration features a diverse program of events running through October, and includes dance and musical performances, festivals, guest lectures, and more.
Some of this year’s events include:
- Bravo! Mi Cultura Diez y Seis Performance, Sept.13-14
- Diez y Seis de Septiembre Charreada, Sept. 16
- El Rincón del Alebrije at Mariachi Lab, Sept. 16
- Guadalupe Dance Company – Viva Mi Cultura, Oct. 3 and 10
- Flamenco: Años de Inspiración, Oct. 6
On Sept. 16, 1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a man known as the Father of Mexico’s Independence, initiated the fight for freedom as he made a cry, or grito, which sparked the beginning of Mexico’s battle for independence from Spain. The anniversary of this major event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.
The City of San Antonio Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission was established in 1994. Through its vision and leadership, the Commission hosts cultural events, children and senior citizen programs, and educational endeavors that take place throughout the city as part of the official annual commemoration in San Antonio. Each event is created to promote an understanding of the historical significance of Mexico’s Day of Independence.
More information is available at www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.
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