A Roman Catholic priest’s “Grito de Dolores,” or “Cry of Independence” in the late twentieth century has become the symbol of Mexican Independence.
After a decade of war with Spain, the declaration of independence of the Mexican Empire was declared on Sept. 27.
Mexicans celebrated the bicentennial on Thursday.
One of many fiestas across the Coachella Valley took place at Las Casuelas Terraza in Palm Springs.
The fiesta kicked off at 6 p.m.
Local leaders such as Mayor Steve Pougnet attended the party.
The festivities were open and free to the public.
Music, food, dancing and a free flow of margaritas highlighted the historic occasion.
Every year on the night of Sept. 15, the president of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City, and as a sign of patriotism, he reenacts the “Cry of Independence” from the balcony in front of a large crowd.
A half a million people show up for that ceremony every year.
Every year on Sept. 16, the national military holds a parade that passes the Hidalgo Memorial and ends on Mexico City’s main street.
The city of Palm Springs also has several events planned for the upcoming weekend to celebrate Latino heritage and culture.