Photos & article by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media (see 3 photo galleries below)
Thousands of people throughout Denver celebrated Mexican Independence Day in a variety of ways and in a variety of places. The celebrations began with the “El Latir de Mexico” civic ceremony and concert at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The celebration featured the Colorado Symphony conducted by Andres Lopera along with Mariachi “Sol de Mi Tierra” directed by Juventino Romero and Mariachi Correcaminos directed by Lorenzo Trujillo. The Fiesta Colorado Dance Company and Baile Caliente directed by Jeanette Trujillo Lucero dazzled the audience with their elaborate costumes and dances. Mexican soprano Monica Abrego was the highlight of the evening with her beautiful voice singing the songs of Juan Gariel’s “Amor Eterno” and Maria Grver’s “Jurame” and others.
Friday night was highlighted by a special Mexican Independence Day themed performance by Barrio Funk at El Chingon restaurant and lounge at 43rd and Tennyson in Denver north side. Dozens of people danced the night away in the intimate back yard patio of the restaurant.
Of course the biggest party of the weekend was at Denver’s Civic Center Park on Sunday September 18th. Thousands showed up for a day long celeberation of El Grito de la Independencia. Mexican bands kept the crowd dancing throughout the day that featured lots of Mexican cuisine and entertainment
Mexican Independence Day, September 16th, commemorates the independence of Mexico and celebrates Mexican culture and its many contributions to our history and our society. This celebration honors that after 300 years of Spanish rule, a group of Mexicans of native and European descent, led by priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called the people to join the fight for liberty on the night of September 15, 1810.
“El Latir de Mexico” civic ceremony and concert at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Barrio Funk at El Chingon Restaurant
Mexican Independence Day Celebration at Civic Center Park