Las Fiestas Patrias, Mexican Independence Day Observed 🇲🇽
Mexico City, D.F. (photo from 1996)-The USA is not the only North American nation that gained independence from a colonial overlord. Mexico, our neighbor to the south was once controlled by the European power of Spain. This day September, 16, 1810, the Cry of Dolores rang out in freedom with the battle lasting until 1821. My first time celebrating Mexican Independence Day came in 1996 when I visited the capital of Mexico City, DF to experience the joyous occasion and witnessed the massive parade in the Zocolo and accompanying festivities for which I was photographed. Thank you to longtime friend and educator Gustavo Patiño for helping me to experience Mexico this way and to understand how our two nations are linked in so many ways, not only as neighbors, but in the struggle for freedom in our respective nations.