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Javier Flores, Department of Arts and Culture
City of San Antonio Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission Announces Official 2017 Commemoration, Events
SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 23, 2017) – The City of San Antonio Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission invites the community to join the citywide commemoration of the 207th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain with educational and cultural programming for all ages. Since 1994, the City of San Antonio has celebrated Diez y Seis de Septiembre in recognition of San Antonio’s deep-rooted history and cultural connections to Mexico.
“San Antonio’s cherished and longstanding connection to Mexico is one that we continue to celebrate today,” said District 1 Councilman and Honorary Commission Chair Roberto C. Treviño. “The annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre commemoration is a celebration of the traditions and influences still evident today. Now, more than ever, it is important that we continue to share the importance of this historical and cultural exchange with newer generations.”
The 2017 Diez y Seis de Septiembre events calendar is available for free at all San Antonio Public Library branch locations and other partner locations throughout the city. The calendar is also available online at www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com. This year’s commemoration features a diverse program of events running through October, and includes dance and musical performances, festivals, guest lectures, and more.
Some of this year’s events include:
- Bravo! Mi Cultura Diez y Seis Performance, September 14-15
- Fiestas Patrias Artistic Program & Official “El Grito” Ceremony, September 15
- Avenida Guadalupe Annual Parade and Festival, September 16
- Diez y Seis de Septiembre Charreada, September 17
- Somos Flamenco Performance, October 7
On September 16, 1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a man known as the Father of Mexico’s Independence, initiated the fight for freedom as he made a cry, or grito, which sparked the beginning of Mexico’s battle for independence from Spain. The anniversary of this major event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.
The City of San Antonio Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission was established in 1994. Through its vision and leadership, the Commission hosts cultural events, children and senior citizen programs, and educational endeavors that take place throughout the city as part of the official annual commemoration in San Antonio. Each event is created to promote an understanding of the historical significance of Mexico’s Day of Independence.