MESILLA – Mariachis, folkloric ballet and piñatas will be on display this weekend as the city hosts its annual party to celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre – Mexico’s Independence Day.
The town of Mesilla has long celebrated the Mexican holiday in the historic plaza by sponsoring a fiesta. Mayor Nora Barraza said she remembered attending the celebrations as a child.
“We grew up with it, it’s our heritage,” said Barraza. “It is important for us to continue to preserve this for generations to come. “
September 16 is recognized in Mexico like the day a group officially rebelled against Spanish rule in 1810. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest, encouraged residents of the parish of Dolores near Guanajuato through what is now known as the name of El Grito de Dolores.
“My children, a new dispensation comes to us today… Do you want to free yourself? Will you reclaim the land stolen three hundred years ago from your ancestors by the hated Spaniards? We must act immediately, ”Hidalgo y Costilla has been attributed to his congregation.
The Mesilla celebrations will take place on Saturday and Sunday September 11 and 12 this year. Barraza will kick off the fiesta at noon on Saturday with a welcome message followed by various mariachi and folk ballet performances. Piñatas, jumping balls and a greased climbing pole will be available for children. Participants can expect approximately 25 food and craft vendors to be on site.
A tribute to September 11 is also planned to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the country on September 11, 2001.
The festivities will continue from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Last year’s celebration was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, people are encouraged to stay home if they feel sick.
“I hope (the fiesta can) be some kind of stress relief with all the COVID going on and we just want people to come out and enjoy the festivities,” Barraza said.
While Mexico did not gain independence from Spain until 1821 with the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba, the start of the struggle is celebrated. September 15 also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month which lasts until October 15.
The Diez y Seis de Septiembre program includes:
Saturday September 11
- Noon: Master of Ceremonies (Martin Cortez), Welcome (Mayor Nora Barraza), Invocation (Father Christopher Williams, Basilica of San Albino), Color Guard by Santa Teresa High School JROTC, National Anthem by Orlando-Antonio Jimenez, Tribute to September 11 , El Grito by Maria Hortencia Zavala, Mexican National Anthem of Orlando-Antonio Jimenez
- 12:30 p.m .: La Académica Dolores Huerta Ballet Folklorico & Conjunto
- 1:30 p.m .: Orlando-Antonio Jimenez
- 2:30 p.m .: Ballet Folklorico Corazon de Las Cruces
- 3 p.m .: Ballet Folklorico Diamantes Del Valle
- 3.30 p.m .: Ballet Folklorico Corazon de Las Cruces
- 4 p.m .: Mariachi Luna Llena de Las Cruces
- 5 p.m .: Ballet Folklorico Las Perlitas del Pueblo
- 5.30 p.m .: Piñatas and greased pole climb sponsored by Andele’s Restaurant
- 6.30 p.m .: Tudy and the group Silver Bullet
Sunday September 12
- Noon: Welcome (Mayor Nora Barraza), National Anthem of Rebekah Ortiz-Regalado, Ballet Folklorico Corazon de Las Cruces
- 12:30 p.m .: La Académica Dolores Huerta Ballet Folklorico
- 1 p.m .: Mariachi Aguilas
- 2 p.m .: Ballet Folklorico Corazon de Las Cruces
- 2:30 p.m .: Alyssa Bustillos with Mariachi Los Torritos
- 3:30 p.m .: Piñatas and greased pole climb sponsored by Andele’s Restaurant
- 4 p.m .: Animmo Group