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SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 28, 2019) – Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, San Antonio’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commemoration and kick off to Hispanic Heritage Month will feature two 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, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 will feature the El Grito San Antonio, and Fiestas Patrias.
“This year marks 25 years of celebrating Diez y Seis in San Antonio through cultural and educational experiences that have shaped what our city is today,” said District 1 Councilman and Honorary Diez y Seis Commission Chair Robert C. Treviño. “These celebrations continue to share the important traditions and stories that connect our residents and visitors to the history of San Antonio.”
El Grito San Antonio takes place Saturday, September 14 on the Santa Rosa Street Stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fiestas Patrias takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10 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, 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.
Mexican Independence Day or El Grito is the most important celebration for our country and every year Mexicans all over the world gather to commemorate this date. The Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio is very proud to work alongside with the 16 Commission to maintain, celebrate and enhance this long-standing tradition with all San Antonians. The Fiestas Patrias weekend will be an opportunity to bring our community together and, moreover, to honor our history, culture and traditions,” said Norberto Terrazas, Interim Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio.
San Antonio’s citywide celebration includes educational and cultural programming for all ages. The 2019 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.sanantonio.gov/arts. 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, September 13-14
- Diez y Seis de Septiembre Charreada, September 15
- Guadalupe Dance Company – Celebrando Tradiciones—Alma de Mujer Flamenco Dance, October 4
- Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission Mariachi Festival, September 28
On September 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 sanantonio.gov/arts.
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