Parade honouring Ignacio Allende
By Jade Arroyo
Last January 21, the 244 anniversary of the birth of the Mexican Independence hero General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga, was celebrated in San Miguel de Allende. Allende was born here in 1769, when the city was known as San Miguel el Grande; it took his current name after the hero.
The celebration included the participation of the Heroic National Mexican Army, at a civic act involving the 16th Military Zone, who provided a martial homage. The official inauguration speech was by José Luis Chagoyan Cabrera, Assistant Mayor. Local authorities welcomed the ambassadors of Nigeria, Palestine, Sarahuí, Egypt, Ecuator and Colombia, as well as the military attaches from these countries. Afterwards, the traditional civic-military parade took place, strolling through the main street of the city, with the participation of over 500 military personnel, along with members of the Lion’s Club, emergency corps, educative institutions and beauty queens. To end the day’s celebrations, the SEDENA offered a concert by its Orchestra and Chorus. This was the homage to the San Miguel hero who gave his life for Mexico’s liberty.