For the first time, Calexico’s Mexican Independence Day celebration is being combined with the popular Art Walk on the Border series, that in the last few years has featured diverse artists showcasing their talent.
The event will be held beginning at 7 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 14 at Gran Plaza Outlets at 888 W. Second St.
The Sept. 16 independence day remembers the day in 1810 when patriot Miguel Hidalgo made his famous speech calling for people to revolt against the Spanish regime ruling them.
The event will include Consul General Carlos Flores Vizcarra giving the traditional “Grito de Independencia” or scream of independence. The “Grito” re-enacts Hidalgo’s actions as Mexico was fighting for its freedom.
According to Gran Plaza officials, the Art Walk will celebrate Mexican culture through art, music and food, as well as tribute bands featuring the music of Luis Miguel, Vicente Fernandez and Juan Gabriel. The lineup will include Giovanni Contreras and Mariachi Aurora from Calexico High School.
The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display.
Promoters said they are optimistic about the success of the event because the Art Walk on the Border typically attracts thousands.
In 2017, Mexican Independence Day celebrations were cancelled in memory of those lost during a major earthquake earlier in the year.