Viva México !, Viva México !, Viva México !, shouted from the rooftops the Mexican consul in Los Angeles, the ambassador, in the celebration of the 211th anniversary of the Independence of her country, liberated after several centuries of the yoke of Spain.
In the historic Placita Olvera in Los Angeles, the Mexican diplomat was accompanied by councilors Gil Cedillo, Kevin de León, Mónica Rodríguez and the president of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hilda Solís, who witnessed the civic celebration and patriotic in front of dozens of attendees.
Ambassador Celorio shouted cheers to the father of the country, the priest Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, to the corregidora de Querétaro, Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, who launched the cry of independence in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato, and remembered the heroes Ignacio Allende, José María Morelos y Pavón, the Aldama brothers and their nephews, Guadalupe Victoria and Mariano Matamoros, related to the independence movement that forged the birth of Mexico.
The consul waved the tricolor flag and also cheers to Angelenos and immigrants.
“Being Mexican means enormous pride in our historical and cultural baggage, and that very few countries have,” Celorio told La Opinion. “We are a people that allows us to understand other cultures, because Mexicans are generous, happy, hard-working, we are kind, respectful, we value family, and many other things; we only need to believe in ourselves to develop all our creativity to achieve greatness ”.
The celebration in Los Angeles brought together almost half a thousand Mexicans, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Among them were the family of Dalia and Alejandro Carvajal, and their children Victoria (10), César (7) and Chantal (6).
He dressed little Cesar as the “president” of Mexico and the girls as “soldiers” who protect the “president.”
“I teach them to live Mexican patriotism,” said Alejandro, born in Temixco, Morelos, and a resident of the city of El Toro, in Orange County.
For Francisco Moreno, president of the Mexican Patriotic Civic Committee, “what better celebration than in Los Angeles and California, such a beautiful and pro-immigrant city and state.”
“Wherever we are, we will continue to be Mexican; here we are safe from any danger and we can enjoy our national holidays with our race, ”added Moreno, 61, born in Los Reyes, Michoacán.
For him, the words that define a Mexican are “happy, partying and more than anything we like to get into work, that’s why we are here.”
In the colorful celebration of Mexicans and their descendants born in the United States, the kiosk of the Placita Olvera was adorned with green, white and red confetti, the colors of the Mexican flag, to which the members of the Banda de Guerra, “Los Osos de California” by the teacher Andrés Cervantes.
The celebration, where there was norteño music, mariachis, dancers, typical dances and a play “Independence of Mexico” took place just a day after Latinos were key in the vote to say no to the unsuccessful Republican attempts to remove the governor Gavin Newsom.
“Yesterday [el martes] you voted for the independence of [Donald] Trump, “said councilman Gil Cedillo. “We are in grave and dangerous times due to right-wing attacks, and today we also celebrate the independence of a people that seeks respect for their dignity and a better future.”
Also in Mexico City, for the first time in history, the cry for independence in Mexico City was made without an audience, due to the health crisis.
That was the request of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, not to risk the safety of his compatriots with respect to Coovid-19.
“Mexico is going well with AMLO; What I admire about him is that he is the only president who has decided to help the elderly with a little more money in order to survive, “said Rosalino Sandoval, a 61-year-old from Oaxaca who danced some” quebraditas “and danzones on the dance floor. informal of the Placita Olvera, with his unexpected partner, Susana Soria, of Brawley, California.
“I am very proud of the Mexican and Jalisco roots,” Susana declared. “Everything that smells and tastes of Mexico makes my skin turn upset.”