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Fiestas Patrias/El Grito 201648350 Van Buren St
Coachella, CA 92236 United States add to calendar
News from the GCVCC:
Join the City of Coachella, The Chamber, and Univision Palm Springs as we celebrate Fiestas Patrias/El Grito 2016 at Rancho Las Flores Park with live bands, vendors, a beer garden, food, children’s activities and much more.
About the event: 15,000 people are expected to fill the Rancho Las Flores Park in Coachella on Sept. 18 as part of a historical celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain.
The El Grito celebration is extremely significant in Coachella and other east valley communities, where many residents have strong family ties to Mexico.
Last year’s event drew more than 15,000 people to the park and were entertained by some of the largest Spanish-language acts.
The day’s activities will include an authentic “El Grito” ceremony with professional folkloric dancers from Mexicali, Mexico.
Several members of Mexicali’s council also are expected to attend.
The event dates back to 1810, when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest, cried out to his parish in the town of Dolores, near Guanajuato, Mexico, in what became known as the “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores.”
The declaration marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. It continues to be a significant celebration for people of Mexican descent, who mark the event each year.
Residents across the Coachella Valley can expect more than 15 different food vendors, along with a beer garden, activities for kids and more than 30 informational booths announcing services for the community.
Enjoy live bands and DJs all day, including: Montes De Durango, Banda Rancho Viejo and La Septima Banda!
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. and last well into the evening.