Mexican Independence Day is not Cinco de Mayo, as most Americans believe; it is the 16th of September or Dieciseis de Septiembre. Five other Hispanic countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, celebrate their independence on September 15. September was Latino Heritage Month in LA, but that has now shifted to October, so there are plenty of reasons to celebrate all things Latino in LA in September and October.
Here are some ways to join the party.
Fiesta Patrias in Santa Ana
200,000 people show up to this street party on 4th Street in the heart of Santa Ana with top Latin performers. Parade is Sunday at 4 pm
When: Sept 10-11, 2016, noon - 10 pm
Where: 4th Street from Broadway to Minter, Santa Ana, CA
City of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month Opening Ceremonies
The City of Los Angeles honors the contributions of Latino cultural and civic leaders with an awards ceremony at City Hall and a presentation of the DCA's Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide. This year they're moving the celebration from the City Hall steps to inside the Council Chambers.
When: Sept 14, 2016, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: LA City Hall, City Council Chamber, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA
Info: www.culturela.org www.facebook.com/HeritageLA, (213) 202-5500
El Grito de Dolores at City Hall and Grand Park
El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Suffering) marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. It is reenacted every year with a historic cry and bell ringing from the steps of LA City Hall. This year, the accompanying festival that spills across the street into Grand Park also celebrates the independence of Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Mexican Independence Parade and Festival in East LA
Street parade at 10:30 am followed by a street festival on Mednik between Cesar E. Chavez and First from 11 am to 5 pm.
When: Sept 18, 2016, parade 10 am - 1:30 pm, festival 11 to 5 pm
Where: Along Cesar Chavez Ave from Mednik to Gage in East Los Angeles
Fiestas Patrias Mexican Independence Day on Olvera Street at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.
The annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day includes live music, dancing, carnival games and rides and exhibit booths. Friday is entertainment on the gazebo stage at Plaza Kiosko. The rest of the weekend, the event also takes over Los Angeles Street and Main Street.
When: Sept 16-18, 2016, Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 8 pm
Where: Olvera Street Plaza, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Downtown LA
Metro: Red Line to Union Station
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Aquarium of the Pacific Baja Splash Cultural Festival
The Aquarium’s festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and features dance & music performances, bilingual environmental programs, arts & crafts, and more.
When: Sat-Sun Sept 24-25, 2016, 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $29.95 Adult, $26.95 Senior (62+), $17.95 Child (3-11). Check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Info: www.aquariumofpacific.org, (562) 590-3100
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