The Mexican flag. Photo by Esparta Palma via Wikimedia Commons
The Mexican flag. Photo by Esparta Palma via Wikimedia Commons

A parade and festival in East Los Angeles Sunday will mark the 206th anniversary of the day leaders of an insurrection declared Mexico’s independence from Spain.

The parade marks the 70th anniversary of the annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day and Parade, held at Belvedere Community Regional Park and presented by Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico.

The 1 1/2-mile parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Cesar Chavez and Mednik avenues. The Gran Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with performances throughout the day.

While the East Los Angeles festivities are on Sept. 18, the actual Mexican Independence Day is September 16, 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo invited his parishioners to join him in taking up arms against the Spanish government. He was aided by Ignacio Allende.

Both were captured by the Spanish army and put to death, but a succession of leaders led the peasant army to an eventual liberation agreement 11 years later.

— City News Service

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