Moreno Valley celebrates Mexican Independence Day, Hispanic Heritage Month – Press-Enterprise

Moreno Valley celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day at the city’s new Civic Center Amphitheater on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

First proclaimed as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded to a full month in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It starts a day before Sept. 16, the anniversary of Mexico’s 1810 declaration of independence from Spain.

Wednesday evening’s celebration in Moreno Valley included a reenactment of “El Grito de Dolores,” when Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang his church bell — the call to arms that kicked off the war of independence in Mexico.

Each year, El Grito is commemorated by the Mexican president, who reenacts the cry on the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City, ringing Hidalgo’s bell. Wednesday’s ceremony in Moreno Valley included a live feed of the event broadcast from Mexico City.


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