Written by TODO Austin for the Long Center
In Austin, the anniversary of the 1810 Mexican War of Independence against Spain is observed with more vibrancy and pride than any stateside locale.
Things kick-off with the free Community Diez Y Seis Celebration on Friday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street.
Fiestas Patrias of Austin presents its 37th Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta on Saturday, September 12, at Fiesta Gardens. A line-up of top-shelf Tejano and Conjunto acts includes Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Marcos Orozco, Los Dos Gilbertos, Los Badd Boyz del Valle, and Canonazo, DJ Joe Louis, plus Ballet Folklorico Fiesta from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., traditional festival and Mexican food fare, children’s games, rides and craft vendors. For more info, go to www.diezyseis.org
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s ¡Viva Mexico! 2015, on Saturday, Sept. 12, features on its program Oaxaca, Arte y Movimiento Dancers, Edgar Yapez, Teatro Espacio Agua Viva’s “Se vende una mula,” Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts, Huapango Arribeño Musical Quartet, and the Mariachi Las Coronelas performing the Mexican national anthem. Guest speakers include Austin’s new Consul General de México, Carlos Gonzalez Gutiérrez. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free event.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the City of Austin, the Consulate General of Mexico, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation hold their free Diez y Seis celebration on the south steps of the State Capitol, from 5-10 p.m.
This year’s event features a lineup of ballet folklorico, mariachis and music by Noel Torres, Adriel Favela and Helen Ochoa. The highlight of the evening is the 9 p.m. re-enactment of “El Grito,” echoing the moment in history where Father Miguel Hidalgo called for Mexico’s independence, to be conducted by the Consul General de México.
“Texas and Mexico are bound together by history, geography and traditions,” said Gloria Mata Pennington, Chair of the event’s committee. “The fact that the Fiesta del Grito is now held at the Texas State Capitol is an acknowledgement of the importance of that connection, the rich culture and the contributions of Texans of Mexican heritage.”
Austin Community College will host its eighth annual Diez y Seis event with special guest speaker, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from noon-1 p.m. at Riverside Campus (1020 Grove Blvd.) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“It’s important that we recognize the diverse contributions of Hispanic and Latino-Americans,” said Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda, ACC professor of history and director of the Latino/Latin American Studies Center. “Much of our history as a state has been shaped by their influence.”
The cultural celebration commemorates Mexico’s declaration of independence. Secretary Cascos, along with local historians, will pay tribute to the cultural, historical, and political contributions of Tejanos, Mexican-Americans, and other Hispanics.
Guests will enjoy the rhythmic steps of Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico and entertainment from Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto and Mariachi Estrella.
The event is free and open to the public. It is presented by the ACC Center for Public Policy & Political Studies, the Latino/Latin American Studies Center, the Office of Student Success, and Student Life.
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