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Diez y Seis, the celebration of Mexican Independence Day will be celebrated with multiple events this weekend in the Mesilla Valley. Friday night, at Amador Live, Noche de Fiesta will feature Mexican soprano Barbara Padilla, Mariachi Jaliscience, Mariachi Aguilas and Ballet Folklorico Quetzales. The event also features a fashion show, dinner and silent auction. For more information, visit lascrucesmariachi.org or call 575-525-1735.
On Saturday morning, Old Mesilla’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Celebration kicks off with a parade down Avenida de Mesilla at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. An official welcome ceremony is at noon at the Mesilla Plaza and then the mariachi music and folklorico dancers begin.
Greased pole and pinata action are at 5:30 p.m. followed by Tudy and the Silver Bullet Band at 6:30 p.m., playing for anyone who wants to get up and glide around on their feet. On Sunday – more of the same but ending at 5 p.m.
Both days of the festival features arts, crafts and food vendors, games and carnival rides and more. On Sept. 15, 1810, Fr. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small Mexican village of Dolores, rang the church bells and called to arms the roughly 600 people of the town, urging them to defend their home and, most of all, to fight for an impoverished and oppressed Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. The peal of the church bells of Dolores would come to stand as the symbolic start to the Mexican War of Independence, which raged for 11 years before Mexico finally gained its sovereignty from overseas rule.
Now, more than 200 years later, communities throughout Mexico, the Borderlands and beyond join together to celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre, or Mexican Independence Day.
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