Paso Robles celebrates the first popular Mexican Independence Day festival
Each year, September 16 marks the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day.
The organizations Mujeres de Accion and Latino Outreach Council organized the first Mexican Independence Day festival in Paso Robles.
“For the very first time in a very long time in the history of Paso Robles, we see so many community leaders coming together to organize great events,” said Yessenia Echevarria, founder of Mujeres De Accion. “Mujeres de Accion was the main organizer, but it took many hands to organize this event, it was parents, students, local business owners.”
On September 16, 1810, a priest named Miguel Hidalgo called on the Mexicans to overthrow the Spanish crown.
This historic moment is known as the The grill, and the words Viva Mexico, Viva la Independencia translated as Long live declared independence.
Every year, the President of Mexico recreates it. Friday, it is Euclides Del Moral, the Consul of México in Oxnard who made the same remarks.
Mexico gained full independence from Spain after an 11-year war. Official independence was registered on September 27, 1821.
“It is very important that the Mexican consulate is here, to celebrate Mexican independence and for all generations to learn about the history of Mexico and what it means to us,” Consul Del Moral said.
It was a time to cherish Mexican culture and a tribute to the American dream.
“Our culture comes from Mexico, but our children were born here in the United States, so we want them to learn more about our origins,” said Isabel Torres, owner of Paletería Las Michoacanas.
Hundreds of people attended the first Mexican Independence Day festival held in Paso Robles.
“It’s a big deal because it shows that we have a multicultural area here of people of different races, on which America is built, on immigrants,” said Francisco Ramirez, a member of the Latino Outreach Council.
Local vendors showcased their homemade dishes, including tacos al pastor and pozole. . .
“This dress is completely handmade by people who love our country,” said Aida Guerrero, who hosted the event. “They do it with love.”
It was about passing on the traditions.
Carmen Garcia said she wants her daughter Fernanda to never forget her Mexican family values and upbringing.
It wasn’t just food and music, local organizations such as Líderes Campesinas and Vision y Compromiso emerged as one of the goals of the event was to inform and empower the community.
“It’s a space to bring the community in and recognize the needs of a very specific community, so we keep in mind our organizations that are bilingual,” Echevarria added.
With such attendance, attendees hope it will become a tradition for years to come.