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MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

San Antonio’s annual celebration of the independence of Mexico from Spain will once again take place at Historic Market Square on September 15-16, 2018. This family-oriented celebration is free and open to the public. Special programming includes live Mexican music, Folklorico dancers, as well as food and crafts vendor booths. The event is highlighted by “El Grito” civic ceremony, presided over by the Honorable Reyna Torres Mendivil, Consul General de México.

The history of El Grito begins in the 1500s when Spain arrived in México and claimed the land as theirs. As time moved on, the citizens of México and the Tejanos felt abused and neglectead by the Spanish crown. By the year 1810, it was time to reclaim their land. On September 15th, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the village of Dolores, rang the bells of his church.

“El Grito” is known as “the cry,” referring to the church bells that signified a call to action toward independence. This day remains an integral part of Mexican history and tradition. It marked the first move toward Mexican independence from Spain, launching the Mexican War of Independence. Today, it’s considered a patriotic holiday traditionally celebrated by parades, concerts, marching bands and other special programs. ¡Viva México!

Concert Schedule

Saturday

San Saba Stage

10:00am Mariachi Inolvidable
1:00pm Magnifico Siete
4:00pm David Farias
7:00pm José
9:30pm JR Reyna y Grupo Elegido

Market Square Stage

10:00am Conjunto Puro Corazon
2:00pm Anthony Hernandez and The Crew
4:30pm Grupo Rompe
9:30pm La Naturaleza

Santa Rosa Stage

6:30pm EL GRITO ARTISTIC PROGRAM
6:30pm Welcome and Presentation of Emcees
6:35pm Color Guard and National Anthem (USA)
6:45pm Mariachi Los Soberanos
7:00pm Ballet Folklorico
7:20pm Chicas del Huapango
7:45pm Ballet Folklorico
8:00pm Mariachi Los Soberanos + Beatriz Delgado
8:05pm Av. Guadalupe Parade Arrives
9:00pm EL GRITO CIVIC CEREMONY
9:20pm Orchesta Sinfonica Piu Forte & Voces

Sunday

San Saba Stage

11:00am Trio Alondras Huastecas
12:30pm Anthony Hernandez and The Crew
4:00pm Ricardo Castillon y La Diferencia
7:00pm Roger Velasquez & Latin Legendz w/Joe Posada
9:00pm La Calma

Market Square Stage

11:00am Conjunto Puro Corazon
12:30pm Buddy Salinas
2:00pm Soul Funk Band
4:30pm Mark Odem Band
7:00pm Respeto

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