‘El Grito,’ Mexican Independence Day in Santa Ana

Every year, Mexican Independence Day is celebrated in Santa Ana by citizens of Orange County with dancing, music, and loads of food.

The 42nd annual Fiestas Patrias event is returning in full form this weekend after two years of scaled-back festivities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two-day celebration will take place on Saturday and Sunday and begin at noon on Flower Street between Civic Center Drive and Santa Ana Boulevard. Up to 40,000 people are expected to attend.

The event honours Mexican Independence Day, which is observed on Sept. 16 each year. On this day in 1810, Catholic priest & rebel leader Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla delivered "El Grito de Dolores," aka "the Cry of Dolores," in which he urged Mexicans to fight for independence from Spain.

An El Grito celebration event will be held at the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana tonight at 6 o'clock, serving as a prelude to the festival that the City of Santa Ana will be organising this weekend.

Councilmember Nelida Mendoza, who was born in Jalisco, Mexico, told Voice of OC the event represents an important celebration of culture. 

Councilmember Nelida Mendoza, who was born in Jalisco, Mexico, told Voice of OC the event represents an important celebration of culture. 

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