Mexican Independence Day Parade
By Jade Arroyo
September 16 is an important date for Mexico: the 203rd anniversary of its independence. This day is commemorated in every municipality of the country, , but in San Miguel it is honored as the biggest holiday of the city, with dance, music and celebration.
As every year, an official civic act was offered to show respect and a parade was held to celebrate the event.
The morning of Monday, September 16, members of the local City Hall gave a flower offering and lit the symbolic fire in front of the monument to national hero General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga, at the corner of Umaran and Cuna de Allende, the house where he once lived.
The parade included 27 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, seven high schools, five universities, three civic associations, three emergency corps, as well as the local beauty queen and a contingent of the Mexican army, who strolled through the main streets of the city before a crowd of over 15,000 people who attended to watch the civic-military parade.