Loads of parties are on for tonight. If you read this as soon as it is posted, you still have time to catch “the big one” of the Mexican Independence Day celebrations sponsored by the Consulado General de Mexico. All the action is taking place at St. Agustin Plaza in front of La Posada Hotel.
Cars are parked as far north as Houston Street and from my humble home, I can hear the music blaring and I’ll be sure to hear the “GRITO DE DOLORES” (traditional Mexican yell in memory of Fr. Miguel Hidalgo who did so at the beginning of the Mexican Independence).
Nuevo Laredo will also hold a GRITO de Independencia festival but not in the traditional Feria de Expomex. Expomex was canceled as previously reported but it did have a traditional parade and will have a few fireworks. And there will be smaller music and art activities spread out through the month. Just no big fair.
What irony there is in trying to celebrate a country’s independence but having to follow maximum security measures and cancel festivities and have people self-impose a curfew. In Monterrey, there will be no music played, some major streets will close, there will be no fireworks. Instead, there will be gathering to honor the 52 people who passed away in the terroristic attack at the Casino Royale. Two women at the HEB were sadly talking that the Grito itself would be canceled in Monterrey, Mexico. I am not sure how true that is but by the sound of it, whatever gathering there is will be somber.
The sadness and fear felt in Mexico, is not stopping the big crowds on the US side from celebrating. What a difference just a few feet from the US/Mexico border make. Hopefully, some day the celebration will also include a celebration of independence from the fear and caution in these days of violence on the Mexico side.