Candidates for Mexican Independence Day fiesta royalty announced
Aug 28, 2014 | 3257 views | 6 6 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two of four candidates for royalty of this year’s Mexican Independence Day fiesta will reign over the celebration scheduled Sept. 13.

Candidates for the combined title of 16th of September Queen and Miss Tracy Latina are Brianna Mendoza, 17, and Olivia Sanchez, 15.

Tracy Latina Princess candidates are Alina Casillas, 10, and Angelina Lopez, 7.

Winners of both contests, based on ticket sales, will be crowned at the Sept. 13 celebration, which this year will be held in Lincoln Park at East Street and Eaton Avenue.

In past years, the sponsoring South Side Community Association staged the fiesta at McDonald Park, Central Avenue and First Street. But organizers feel Lincoln Park provides a larger, more centrally located venue.

The all-day fiesta will begin with a 10 a.m. parade from Sixth Street north on Central Avenue and Holly Drive to the park.

At the park, festivities, beginning at 11 a.m. will include a variety of musical performances, food vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts booths, “El Grito,” charros, a car show, folklorico dancers, queen and princess coronations, a raffle, a pet adoption fair and a kid zone.

Musical entertainment will be headed by the Mike Torres Band, Los Primos de Oaxaca and Banda San Carlos and DJ “W.”

For information: Joey Juarez, 373-9291; Angel Hernandez, 471-5326

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September 04, 2014
BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Victims dont celebrate!!!! Silly.
August 31, 2014
In what other country is America's Independence Day celebrated? I think I'd feel like a dipstick trying to convince a town in Somalia to have a 4th of July parade for me. This just seems entirely inappropriate. Who will be the first liberal to call me a racist?
September 01, 2014
Some people choose to embrace a history which goes back 500 years; others choose to embrace a history which goes back 1,000 years; others more choose to embrace a (pre)history which goes back 10,000 years; and then there are others, still, who choose to embrace a history which goes back to the Big Bang?

Now, some people are rabid about their ethnicity; they are staunch about celebrating and preserving their heritage; and some see the world through the ethnic lens they have fashioned and tenaciously defend, and they have a "right" to do so, though some seem devoted to remind us of the injustices associated with their identity.

History is important, but how important ought it to be, and for what reason. Now, there are some people who realize ethnicity is an "accidental," something we have no control of, though, if we are so driven, we may be in control of our character. For me, ethnic identity is a superficiality, something I don't concern myself with.

These people who celebrate ethnic holidays actually crack me up, because most of them don't know anything about history.

Don't be a prisoner of your ethnicity. Also, be wary about using history to defend your ethnicity.
September 01, 2014
Also, ethnic celebration isn't just about unity, but about separation. In fact, it might be more about separation. Take La Raza as an example. Take any ethnic group that feels as if they need to create an association for themselves. Sorry, but I belong to one association--America--but this association is strangely balkanized.

September 01, 2014
As a matter of fact, just two big celebrations in the United States are Scottish Independence Day and French Independence Day. French Independence Day - Bastille Day is a major event in New York and in Oregon. And, the Scots hold parades in many major U.S. cities on their historical day. You might read up on these on the internet. There are others like St. Patrick's Day...
August 28, 2014
I can't wait for our Independence Day from Mexico.

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