Area residents invited to independence day celebrations in San Luis, Algodones
The border cities of San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., and Los Algodones, Baja Calif., will observe Mexico's independence day in celebrations tonight that are open to Yuma-area residents.
Celebrations in both cities will take place within walking distance for the border for those who don't want to drive into Mexico.
The Fiestas Patrias celebration in San Luis will begin at 6 p.m. with a Mexican festival in Benito Juarez Plaza, located at Juarez Avenue and 4th Street.
The event will include food booths, children's rides and live music performed by the popular norteno music band Los Cadetes de Linares and the Mexicali, Baja Calif., band Bragados, as well as performances by other groups and folkloric singers from the area.
At 10:45 p.m. the border city's mayor, Joel Aguirre, will lead the crowd in the Grito de Independencia, the traditional ceremony that re-enacts independence leader Miguel Hidalgo's call to Mexicans on the night of Sept. 15, 1810, to rebel against their Spanish rulers. Fireworks will follow.
In Los Algodones, the celebration begins at 8 p.m. one block south of the border with live Sinaloa-style music performed by the group Banda Cachanilla.
Following the Grito de Independencia at 9 p.m., music will continue through the night.