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    Posted September 16, 2013 by
    Oceanside, California
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    Noche Mexicana celebrates Mexico’s independence


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     promisenews was “swept away by the joy of the celebration” at the Noche Mexicana event celebrating Mexican Independence Day this weekend in Oceanside, California. With all the ages present, Yee said it felt like a family gathering. “The event highlight was surely El Grito, the cry of independence. It was an emotional unifying moment,” she said.
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    Noche Mexicana celebrates Mexico’s independence
    Promise Yee

    Oceanside, CA - A crowd of over 1,000 gathered at the Civic Center Plaza on September 15 to celebrate Noche Mexicana, the night Mexico gained its independence from Spain 203 years ago.

    “It’s the biggest multicultural event we have in Mexico,” Luis Oceguera, owner and instructor of Ballet Folorico Tapatio of Oceanside, said. “It’s very important for kids to know September 16 is Independence Day.”

    Food stands, colorful vender booths, a wrestling ring and grand performance stage filled a block of Pier View Way.

    On stage popular bands, a mariachi group and ballet folklorico dancers performed.

    Following an afternoon of entertainment the event ended at sunset with Consulate of Mexico Victor Corzo calling out El Grito, the cry by Dolores Hidalgo that Mexico had won its independence.

    “We try to put everything together the way they do in Mexico, food, music, the tradition of dancing, and the main event El Grito,” Oceguera said.

    noche 1
    Ballet Folorico Tapatio of Oceanside dancers perform the Tapatio dance. Popular bands and a mariachi group also took to the stage.

    noche 2
    The Viejitos dance pokes fun at old age.

    noche 3
    Frankie Mendez, of Oceanside, toots a horn in celebration. Over 1,000 gathered at the Civic Center Plaza for Noche Mexicana.

    noche 4
    Genny Paz, age 7, of Oceanside, waves the Mexican flag. Noche Mexicana shares Mexican tradition and culture.

    noche 5
    Fans cheer on the SoCal Pro Wrestlers.

    noche 6
    Consulate of Mexico Victor Corzo leads El Grito.

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