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Community celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Posted at 11:49 PM, Sep 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 02:49:36-04

The Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce invited the community out to Lamont Park on Sunday for Dia de la Independencia, Mexico’s Independence Day.

And for those confused, it is not Cinco de Mayo.

“Cinco de Mayo was a battle fought in Puebla,” said Jose Gonzalez.

That was in 1862, when the Mexican Army defeated Napoleon III and the French.

“But it’s not Independence Day. Independence Day is on September 16th and that’s the day we identify as liberating ourselves from Spain,” said Gonzalez.

That was in 1810, when Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla urged Mexicans to rise up against the colonial government of Spain.

That day was the beginning of their war to independence. And today is now a celebration.

“Today is a day of pride, a day of celebration and bringing our community together,” said Gonzalez.

There was food, music, activities and entertainment at Sunday’s event.

Assemblyman Rudy Salas and Congressional Candidate TJ Cox were also there.