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    Posted August 30, 2013 by
    Valladolid, Mexico
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Central American Independence Day

    Preparations for Mexican Independence Day underway in Valladolid.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     “I thought the building looked really beautiful,” said Stephanie Walsh who captured this colourful display of Mexican national pride in the city of Valladolid a few days before the Independence Day back in 2012.

    “The buzz for Independence Day was building, with the colors of Mexico being displayed across the city. It was an exciting time, so I wanted to capture some of the decorations on camera. I also love taking slow shutter photographs, as you can see the car lights whizz by as a stream of light,” she said.

    To take the photo, the 24-year-old freelance travel writer and aspiring photographer from Ireland had to use a tripod and set the shutter speed to 1/20 of a second in order to capture the movement of the passing cars.

    For the actual Independence Day celebrations on September 16 Miss Walsh travelled to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, in the Mexican central highlands.

    “It was incredible! The atmosphere was amazing and the entire city seemed to show up for the celebrations, with flags, painted faces and a few shots of tequila already consume. The town mayor came out to shout "Viva Mexico!" numerous times from the balcony of a government building on the square and everyone went crazy. It was one of the best Independence Day celebrations I have ever been at,” she said.

    For more information on Stephanie'stravels throughout Latin and South America visit her blog.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    Traffic whizzes by a brightly lit government building in the main plaza of Valladolid, Mexico, as the colors of the national flag are projected across the city in celebration of Mexican Independence Day 2012.
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