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Diez y Seis Celebrations: food, music dance & more

Annual Mexican holiday celebration honors Mexico's Independence day with several family-friendly festivities.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre 2009 Weekslong celebration includes festivals, parades and more. Diez y Seis de Septiembre, the 16th of September, signals

the beginning of Mexico’s battle for independence from Spain. On this day in 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo de Costilla led revolutionary forces against the Spaniards. This national Mexican holiday has been celebrated as Mexico’s Independence Day since 1825. 

FotoSeptiembre USA Photographic Exhibitions 4pm–8pm, Instituto Cultural de Mexico Galleries 600 Hemisfair Park Four Exhibitions in ICM Galleries celebrating Culture and Diversity; including The Mexico of Leo Matiz (Colombia, 1917 - Mexico, 1998)   curated by Luis Martin Lozano; Nuevo Leon - Imagenes De Nuestra Memoria features period images from the Fototeca of Nuevo Leon; and The Way I Sí it, a show by students and alumni of SAY Sí, curated by Guillermina Zabala. Free.

Fiestas Patrias Artistic Program and Official El Grito Ceremony Doors open at 6pm Program begins at 6:30 p.m.Official Ceremony begins at 8pm Municipal Auditorium 100 Auditorium Circle The Fiestas Patrias artistic program presents  Luisa Maria and Mariachi Sangre Mexicana, Manuel Vargas, Ligia Camara, Folkloric Ballet  Tradiciones  and  Selena   Elizondo, Victoria Acosta, Monique Alvarado.  The official ceremony of “El Grito” 199th Anniversary of the Mexican Independence, will be led by General Consul of Mexico, Armando Ortíz Rocha, and the Band of the “El Chamizal” High School from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Free. Sept. 15.

Civic Ceremony The General Consulate of Mexico in San Antonio celebrates the 199th Anniversary of Independence of Mexico. The “El Chamizal” High School Band from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico will perform.  Legacy Middle School, 5903 South East Loop 410  Free. 9 a.m., Sept. 16.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center "Viva Mi Cultura" Professional dancers perform traditional dances of Mexico in demonstration and Lecture 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sept.16 Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1300 Guadalupe St.

16 de Septiembre & Ernie Awards Gala Avenida Guadalupe Association Pearl Stable 6 p.m. Sept. 16 Reception, 7pm Dinner Program Elegant Dinner and ERNIE Awards presentation. The ERNIE, named in honor of Ernest C. Olivares, is given each year to recognize outstanding service and commitment to the Avenida Guadalupe Neighborhood. (210) 223-3151.

Senior Kermes Celebration for seniors registered at the City's Department of Community Initiatives senior nutrition centers. Food, mariachi music and contests for regional costumes and table decorations. Patsy Torres Band sponsored by WellMed Medical Management. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 18 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D (210) 207-7172

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