L.A. to mark Mexican independence today
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleOn Thursday, Fox announced he had moved the celebration from the traditional location at the Zocalo main square in Mexico City because of anticipated protests from supporters of presidential candidate Andr s Manuel L pez Obrador who have been camped out to voice their displeasure with the narrow victory of president-elect Felipe Calder n. Officials in L.A. said that in the case of violence in Mexico, they have beefed up security here. [email protected] (818) 713-3741 IF YOU GO Los Angeles holds its Mexican Independence Day celebration tonight, with Banda El Recodo performing at 7:30 and the official ceremony beginning at 8:30 at 200 N. Spring St. San Fernando hosts festivities at 6 p.m., ending with “El Grito” around 8 p.m. at 117 MacNeil St. For information: (818) 898-1290.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the Mexican green, white and red flags waving, thousands are expected to convene in front of City Hall tonight for the annual “El Grito” marking Mexico’s independence from Spain. In Los Angeles – home to the largest population of Mexicans outside Mexico – top regional Mexican musicians are slated to perform, and the celebration will be aired on Spanish-language television. It is also the city’s official kickoff of Hispanic Heritage Month. The cry for independence – “El Grito de Independencia” – commemorates priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s 1810 call to the country’s poor to reject Spain’s rule. Late on Sept. 15, 1810, he rang a bell and called for independence, triggering a struggle that lasted more than a decade. On the steps of City Hall, Rub n Beltr n, Mexico’s counsel general, will ring the bell in commemoration of the day and cry “Viva Mexico” as Mexican President Vicente Fox is ringing the bell in the small town of Dolores Hidalgo, 170 north of the capital.