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From an email I received:
The City of Austin, the Consulate General of Mexico and the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation are hosting the annual Diez y Seis celebration at Waterloo Park from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.
The festivities mark the official celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain. The event will feature an official commemorative ceremony of Mexico’s independence, including a re-enactment by the Consul General of Mexico, Jorge Guajardo, of “El Grito,” Father Miguel Hidalgo’s cry for independence in 1810.
In the past, Diez y Seis de Septiembre was hosted at Plaza Saltillo, named after Austin’s Sister City in Mexico, but due to the increasing attendance, a new location has been chosen to allow growth. Waterloo Park is at 403 E. 15th St. Free parking will be available in neighboring State of Texas garages.
Local artist Rodolfo Ybarra depicts Father Miguel Hidalgo’s cry in front of the Texas State capitol was chosen to represent this year’s poster for the celebration. It serves as a reminder to the city that there is opportunity for all to learn more about Mexican history, the Mexican culture and more importantly, its impact on Texas. According to Gloria Pennington, Fiesta de Independencia Committee, “The art work is very special, artist Rodolfo Ybarra, commemorates the relocation of the event by depicting a statue of Father Hidalgo, the hero of the revolution, in Waterloo Park, with the beautiful Capitol in the background.”
This year’s free celebration will include music by Mariachi Nueva Generación, Roy Lozano’s Ballet FolklÞrico de Texas and Ruben Ramos and the Texas Revolution. Several booths will offer a variety of foods.
To view the poster as a pdf, click here.
Gloria Pennington, Fiesta de Independencia Committee, (512) 452-1100
Veronica Briseño, Executive Assistant, Office of Council Member Alvarez (512) 974-2264