Here are some ways Phoenix is celebrating 'El Grito' this year

Published: Monday, September 11, 2023 - 7:05am
Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 3:40pm

Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 in the U.S. But another holiday celebrating freedom is right around the corner.

Sept. 16, marks Mexico’s Independence Day. And according to Metro Latino’s 2023 "GDP Report," Latinos make up 31 percent of the Valley’s population.

The "El Grito" celebration will begin on Sept. 15. "Grito" can be translated to "shout" or "yell," but here it means "cry." From "El Grito de Dolores" in 1810, it’s remembered as "El Grito de Independencia" — the battle cry that started the Mexican war for independence.

"El Grito" will be celebrated for the second year at the Arizona State Capitol. And for the first time, the event will be open to the public starting at 8 p.m.

There is also an "El Grito" Festival hosted by Phoenix Councilwoman Betty Guardado in downtown Phoenix from 4-11 p.m, featuring food and live entertainment.

The Girl Scouts are also hosting a "Celebrating Mi Cultura" event on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's open to the community, and girls and families will have a chance to learn folklorico dances, break a piñata and enjoy food. It will be held at the Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain.

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