By Pablo Jaime Sainz
There’s a lot to do in San Diego this September 16, Mexico’s Independence Day.
And there’s nothing better than to celebrate El Grito with good music, good food, and good family atmosphere.
Several events throughout the County will deliver that and more, together with a loud cheer for Mexico’s founding fathers.
Univision Radio San Diego´s two radio stations, La Nueva 106.5 and Recuerdo 102.9, will host their 8th. Annual Festival del Grito on Saturday, September 16, at Coors Amphitheatre, in Chula Vista.
“This is San Diego County’s biggest Mexican Independence Day celebration,” said Ivan Jurado, marketing director for Univision Radio San Diego.
Indeed, El Festival del Grito will include a line-up of some of the most popular Mexican regional bands, including the famous norteños Tucanes de Tijuana.
Univision Radio´s festival, which was founded in 1999, will be a free family event that will open its door to the public at 11 a.m.
The festival will include mariachi music, ballet folklorico, Mexican food stands, as well as community informational booths, with topics such as health and education.
This year’s festival also counts on an exclusive partnership with Mexico’s Consul General in San Diego, Luis Cabrera, who will help celebrate the 196th anniversary of the inception of Mexico’s independence with the official enactment of the traditional “grito.”
“We’re very excited to be able to continue to bring our listeners another family-friendly festival with some of the most popular recording artists performing today. It’s also a tremendous honor to have the Mexican Consul partnering with us so closely this year it’ll add another important dimension to the event that will help our audience commemorate their cultural history,” said Univision Radio San Diego General Manager and Vice President Peter Moore.
For Consul Cabrera, it is important for Mexicans in the United States to celebrate Independence Day in order to maintain cultural traditions alive.
“It is the commemoration of Mexico’s decision to become an independent and sovereign nation,” Cabrera said. “In Mexico and abroad, we must celebrate this important date because it marks the beginning of modern Mexico. I have the honor of giving the grito [or declaration] of Independence.”
Univision Radio´s El Festival del Grito will attract thousands of attendees, which surely will be eager to see performing live popular bands such as Arturo Cisneros y sus Freddy´s, Los Barón de Apodaca and Los Fugitivos.
Also present will be Los Angeles’ Jenny Rivera, considered “The Undisputed Queen of Banda” as well as romantic banda singer Jorge Luis Cabrera.
“Many Mexicans living in San Diego have a strong desire to celebrate this date,” Consul Cabrera said.
Adding to the day’s festivities will be special appearances from popular KLNV-FM La Nueva 106.5 and KLQV-FM Recuerdo 102.9 on-air personalities. La Nueva plays Mexican regional music and Recuerdo caters to older audiences with hit music from the ´60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80s. The event is scheduled to end at 7 p.m. For more information, call (619) 235-0600.
And for those who prefer a smaller festival this 16 de septiembre, Market Creek Plaza will have a cultural festival celebrating Mexican Independence Day.
Market Creek Plaza, a shopping and community center in East San Diego, will have this event as part of the “Party at the Amp” series, which features family-oriented festivities every weekend.
Entrance to the Mexican Independence Day celebration is free.
The event will include local performers of banda sinaloense and mariachi, antojitos mexi-canos and student folklorico groups.
*Festival del Grito, Fiestas Patrias 2006 [Univision Radio and Mexican Consulate]
Coors Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, en Chula Vista.
12 p.m. a 7 p.m.
*Mexican Independence Day Cultural Festival
Market Creek Plaza, 310 Euclid Ave.
4 p.m. a 8 p.m.