Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Thursday With Big Event on LIC Waterfront

On Thursday night, hundreds of New Yorkers are anticipated to converge on the waterfront of Long Island City for a celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

The event, which will include live music and cultural acts, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Frank Ottomanelli's By The Water, a sizable gathering spot near to the East River Ferry Terminal.

The Empire State Building will be illuminated in the Mexican colors of green, red and white, while the American Spanish-language TV station Univision will be broadcasting from the location, organizers say. 

Friday, September 16, is Mexican Independence Day. To honour Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo, who on September 15, 1810, at 11 p.m., started Mexico's War of Independence, many Mexicans celebrate the occasion the previous evening. Another 11 years were spent in the conflict.

The Mexican General Consulate in New York is in charge of planning Thursday's event. The Mariachi Alvaro Paulino will perform, and the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will perform Mexican dance. Maite Perroni, a Mexican actress, will also be present, according to the organisers.

Around 2,000 people, according to Frank Ottomanelli, owner of the waterfront's self-titled outdoor café. Since acquiring the operating licence for the spaces in May, Ottomanelli has renovated the café and the 2,000 square foot event space.

Around 2,000 people, according to Frank Ottomanelli, owner of the waterfront's self-titled outdoor café. Since acquiring the operating licence for the spaces in May, Ottomanelli has renovated the café and the 2,000 square foot event space.

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