Viva México! Independence celebrations this weekend

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

The celebration of Mexican independence will kick off early on the morning of September 15 in the Jardín. At 10am, athletes and representatives from clubs, schools, rural communities and municipalities from around the state will gather in front of Ignacio Allende’s former house to receive the conseja (the message of the Corregidora Doña Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez to Ignacio Allende warning him that the conspiracy had been uncovered). The representatives will carry this message to their mayors of their own municipalities, allowing them to call for independence from Spain.

On September 13, the Conspiracy Race was held, and 25 winners of that race will arrive in Querétaro on September 15 at 2pm. Once there, in a civil act they will receive from the governor of that state the Fuego Simbólico (symbolic torch of freedom). The athletes, making the same journey taken by Ignacio Pérez in 1810 to deliver Doña Josefa’s message to Allende, will leave Querétaro at 3:30pm, arriving in San Miguel just before 11pm, carrying the symbolic torch.

Meanwhile, at the Jardín at 8pm there will be live music and folkloric dances. At 10:45pm Mayor Núñez will carry a flag from the former city hall building to Allende’s house, and on the balcony she will await the arrival of the symbolic fire. At 11pm, she will proclaim independence, with the traditional phrase ¡Viva México!, in remembrance of Miguel Hidalgo’s proclamation in 1810, known as El Grito.

On September 16, at 11am, a civil and military parade will travel through the main streets of the city. It usually includes 50 soldiers, 10 military vehicles and 34 horses. The civil contingent is made up of students from 34 local schools, 40 horses, 14 vehicles and 6 motorcycles.

At 6:15pm the Entrada de los Insurgentes (a reenactment of the insurgents’ arrival in San Miguel) will be held on calle Insurgentes and other streets with actors portraying Allende and Hidalgo on horseback. Also, a reenactment of the formation 202 years ago of the first city council of the independent Mexico is held at the former city hall building. Juan Aldama was named San Miguel’s first mayor.
The San Miguel fair, located on the road to Dr. Mora, opens today, September 14, and will be open daily at 2pm.

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