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In commemoration of Mexico's independence from Spain, the Consulate General of México will celebrate the "official" Grito de Dolores" or "El Grito de la Independencia" on Saturday, September 15, 2007, led by the Honorable Enrique Hubbard Urrea, head of the Mexican Consulate in Dallas.

The celebration will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Smirnoff Music Center, located at 1818 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210 in Fair Park. On September 16, 1825, Mexico officially declared this day as the national Indepencence Day. It is the most important national patriotic day for all Mexicans.

One may explore Mexico's history fight for independence from Spain and find it intriguing, cruel, and inspiring. Among the many heroes who risked and gave their lives for liberty were military leaders, and thinkers like Captain Ignacio Allende, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a devout Catholic priest, teacher and leader, courageous women like Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, and a brave youth nicknamed El Pipila.

On September 16, 1810, the church bells rang as customary to call the Indian village to mass, except that on this day, they were called to lift arms, mainly sticks and rocks, against the Gachupines, or native Spaniards. The multitude of rebels carried banners and images of the Guadalupe Virgin, the olive-skinned Madonna and standard of faith, tradition and heritage of all Mexicans. Three hundred years of slavery culminated the pain and desperation for freedom. The church bells called and the revolution and fight for liberty began.

El Grito de Independencia is literally the shout for freedom! Mexicans, generation after generation, have celebrated this date with reverence to the independence heroes and gratitude for freedom. This is the most important national holiday in Mexico and Mexicans celebrate throughout the world el Grito de Dolores or Grito de la Independencia!

The Consulate General of México invites the community from the North Texas region to celebrate together the significance of this important holiday. The event will include food, music, folkloric dances from various regions of Mexico, children's activities such as face painting, bouncing house, comic shows, and various booths representing local businesses. Signage will be displayed leading to the event and to free parking area.

About the General Consulate of Mexico, Dallas, Texas:

The General Consulate of Mexico inaugurated its first office on September 11, 1918 in Fort Worth, Texas; its offices were relocated to Dallas in 1939. In those days, the Consulate tended to the documentation needs of approximately four thousand people. Today, the Dallas Consulate assists the needs of over one million people residing in 123 counties across North Texas. The Dallas Consulate's office is the third most active in documentation preparation and origination next to the Los Angeles, California and Chicago, Illinois offices respectively.

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