Plenty of Mexican Independence Day Options This Weekend

Ron Gonzales, OC Register, September 13, 2012

Among celebrations taking place are festivals in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Placentia and Los Alamitos.

FIESTAS PATRIAS

Santa Ana’s 34th annual Fiestas Patrias celebration, commemorating Mexico’s independence, takes place this weekend. More than 265,000 people are expected to attend.

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EL GRITO CEREMONY

What: The traditional El Grito ceremony, recalling the call for independence from Spain by Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.

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Who: Mexican Consul Alejandra Garcia Williams.

Where: Main stage, Fourth and French streets.

PARADE

What: The Fiestas Patrias parade begins at 15th and Main streets and proceeds south on Main before turning on Civic Center Drive toward Santa Ana Stadium. More than 50,000 are expected to watch it. It features 61 units, some with multiple elements.

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OC FILM FIESTA

Santa Ana’s OC Film Fiesta wraps up with screenings Friday through Sunday. Admission is free.

“The Greenhorns,” a documentary on young farm families, 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 North Sycamore St.

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“Tales of Masked Men,” a documentary about Mexican wrestling, 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

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ELSEWHERE

What: Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta, with folklorico music, mariachi and children’s crafts and story time.

Where: Placentia Library, 411 E. Chapman Ave, Civic Center Plaza

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What: Fiestas Patrias/Latino Independence Day celebration, incorporating various Latin American independence days, with Mexican and Bolivian folklorico dancers, mariachis, a jaripeo horse show and food.

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What: Mexican Independence Day Fiesta. Frank Garcia of La Casa Garcia Restaurant in Anaheim and We Give Thanks is organizing an event with children’s games, entertainment, music, opportunity baskets and food.

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  • I would celebrate if we could be independent from mexicans. I’m not a drinker, but on that occasion, I would learn.

  • Athling

    Fairly obvious they consider themselves Mexicans first and foremost. America is just a place to import Meheeco.

    • mobilebay

      Athling, you’re right. With “home” being so close, nothing is stopping Mexicans from going back and forth and never considering the US “their” country. We have become a dumping ground for them and anyone who wants to waltz in. I had this brought home last week. I often wondered about those with dual citizenship. We had a  young college student come out to look at our computer. In the course of our conversation, he mentioned he held dual citizenship because he was born in Germany. His father is career military and married a German woman. I asked the young man where his loyalty would lie if the two countries went to war. He replied that that was an interesting question. He said, “I’d have to think about that.” So, even though our Oath of Citizenship requires the person to give up all loyalty to another country, evidently it doesn’t matter today. Our most precious birthright comes cheaply now. That’s another reason Mexicans think they deserve all “rights” without any responsibility to the country that so richly rewards them.

      • If I had my way, he would be thinking about that question on a plane back to Germany, minus his US “citizenship.”

  • I wonder if they celebrate the Fourth of July in China?

    • IstvanIN

       The fact that we call it the “fourth of July” instead of Independence Day is a real problem.

  • Defiant White

    Mexican Independence Day ranks right up there with kwanzaa.    Whites just scratch their heads and wonder what the fuss is all about.

    I don’t deny anybody their 15 minutos of fame since afterall, we celebrate St Patrick’s Day and a bunch of religious holidays.  (But I don’t see the Irish demanding to annex New York state andf the Italians aren’t claiming New Orleans because they picked fruit there once upon a time.)

    The real irony of this celebration is that the mexicans running around celebrating it are here PRECISELY because independence from Spain did their ancestors no good.  The average peasant was just as badly off after Spain granted independence.  And oh, by the way, that “independence” ony lasted about a dozen years before a dictatorship overthrew the new democracy.

    But, what the heck . . . if blacks can celebrate kwanzaa then mexicans can have their little fiesta.  Just clean up the blood and broken glass when you’re done, Pedro.

  • Major

    “Isn’t Mexico the right place to be celebrating Mexican Independence Day?”

    Not since they’ve exported about 20% of their parasites here. We’re in a war of cultures…..against muslims, illegals, socialists, anarchists, commies, welfare cheats, lazy incorrigibles, ghetto dwellers, anti white, anti Christian, pro gay, pro sodomy ….Oh my..I’ve just described the Democrat Party.

    We’ve become Balkanized….separate …and those who come here are hateful of the big buffet we’ve laid out for them. Even though they keep getting served while we run out of money…and food…for our own.

    We’ve been invaded…..over run without one shot being fired…except by the illegal criminals.

    • JDInSanDiego

      I wish Mitt Romney had said that.

  • Oil Can Harry

    To be fair Mexican Independence weekend wasn’t a total loss; their popular fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, a spoiled rich Mestizo brat, suffered his first loss against a white Argentinian named Sergio Martinez.

    Another popular Mexican  fighter named Saul Alvarez, who has red hair and freckles, was in a good scrap as well. 

  • The reconquista is full speed ahead in California.

  • JackKrak

    I wonder how many Mexicans would understand that independence is not just getting to have your own country. How can any place that sends around a quarter of its people to rake leaves and pick strawberries and then depends on them to send back dirty dollar bills call itself “independent”?

    This year is the 191st anniversary of Mexican “independence”. At this rate, they will be able to finance themselves somewhere around the 28th century.

    • I’ve always said Jack that United States is mexico’s welfare system.

  • No doubt, they went to management and told them that the “gringo” working in
    the kitchen is a racist. This is another example of how embolden these
    squatting invaders have become. These invaders are “not living in the shadows,”
    they are living in your face, aggressively reminding us at every opportunity they are Mexicans first.

  • When does American Heritage Month begin?  We are so stupid at times.