SOUND OF PRIDE MEXICO'S 'EL GRITO' ECHOES IN L.A.Byline: Rachel Uranga Staff Writer
SAN FERNANDO San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. - Along streets decorated with the colors of Mexico's flag, hundreds of people on Wednesday gathered in San Fernando and several other communities in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County to commemorate Mexico's Independence from Spain.
From downtown San Fernando to Los Angeles City Hall to the National Palace in Mexico City Mexico City
Spanish Ciudad de México
City (pop., 2000: city, 8,605,239; 2003 metro. area est., 18,660,000), capital of Mexico. Located at an elevation of 7,350 ft (2,240 m), it is officially coterminous with the Federal District, which occupies 571 sq mi , dignitaries belted out ``El Grito de Independencia,'' the cry for independence commemorating priest Miguel Hidalgo Miguel Gregorio Antonio Ignacio Hidalgo y Costilla Gallaga Mondarte Villaseñor (May 8 1753 – July 30 1811), also known as Cura Hidalgo ("Priest Hidalgo"), was a Mexican priest and revolutionary rebel leader. y Costilla's 1810 call to the country's poor to reject Spain's rule.
``We have to celebrate our independence and remember our traditions,'' said Cesar Hernandez, a 34-year-old janitor, who attended the celebration with his wife and 18-month-old daughter, dressed in red, white and green.
``We belong to two countries, separated by one line,'' said Hernandez, who is a native of Jalisco, Mexico.
More than 60 percent of Los Angeles' Latinos claim to be of Mexican ancestry, according to the 2000 Census. For, many the annual celebration is a mix of nostalgia, patriotism and culture.
``This is to teach our children the beautiful history of Mexico Mexico is a country of North America and the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Its history begins with the arrival of the first substantiated indigenous inhabitants 12,500 years ago (with potential settlement as early as 20,000 years ago), to the consolidation of a modern and ,'' said Enedano Aguirre, president of the Mexican Civic Committee for Patriotism, which puts on an annual Mexican Independence Day parade in East Los Angeles East Los Angeles, uninc. city (1990 pop. 126,379), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a residential suburb of Los Angeles, in an industrial area. It has a large Mexican-American population. There is a performing arts center and a cultural center. A junior college is there. , a traditional Mexican stronghold.
``It's makes us so proud, that we can celebrate the fiesta of Mexico here.''
Many families of Mexican ancestry have lived in the United States generations and often know little about the history or culture of their forefathers forefathers npl → antepasados mpl
forefathers npl → ancêtres mpl
forefathers npl → Vorfahren , he said.
In Mexico, the fervor surrounding Independence Day infects every sliver of the country, from small pueblos to its cosmopolitan cities.
Main squares are decked out in red, white and green and fiestas surround the celebration.
But the most celebrated re-enactment of the grito takes place at the country's political center: Mexico City's main square. There, at midnight, the president rings the same bell Hidalgo Hidalgo, state, Mexico
Hidalgo (ēthäl`gō), state (1990 pop. 1,888,366), 8,058 sq mi (20,870 sq km), central Mexico. Pachuca de Soto is the capital. tolled nearly two centuries ago.
Although the grito is celebrated Sept. 15 in the United States, it was actually first heard on the dawn of Sept. 16, 1810, or Independence Day. It triggered a long struggle for Independence that lasted more than a decade.
Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741
(1) Ballet Folklorico Ollin dancers perform during the independence celebration in San Fernando on Wednesday evening.
(2) Members of the Mariachi Masters Apprentice Program prepare to take the stage during Wednesday's event.
Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer