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Celebrations for the 204th anniversary of Mexican Independence Day will get started on the evening of September 15th with a reenacted “torch march” departing from the intersection of Calle 13 and Blvd. Juarez (in front of Santander bank), led by Puerto Peñasco native and World Boxing Flyweight Champion Juan Francisco “El Gallito” Estrada. El Gallito will be accompanied by youth dressed in character as those who have defended the Mexican homeland. At the end of the march the main torch will be handed off to Puerto Peñasco mayor Gerardo Figueroa at City Hall.
The Mayor will give the “Grito de Dolores” (Independence Cry) at 11 p.m. from the balcony in front of City Hall. Waving the Mexican flag, the Mayor will issue the customary ¡VIVA! cries, followed by the traditional “paper castle burning” and fireworks over the festivities on Blvd. Juarez.
This year’s Independence Day festivities will be enlivened with the music of a Sinaloan banda, the local group Tres en Punto, and Heber Murua, as well as a Norteña banda.
As is tradition, more than 70 food stands offering Mexican treats will be set up near the festivities, offering pozole, tacos, menudo, elotes, candy, and of course traditional toys.
The celebrations on the evening of the 15th are expected to last until after midnight.