Mexicans Paint Manhattan Red, White and Green

(Photo by Ana Carina Castillo via Diario de México)

(Photo by Ana Carina Castillo via Diario de México)

Madison Avenue turned red, white and green as hundreds of Mexicans living in the Big Apple gathered to celebrate the 206th anniversary of Mexico’s Declaration of Independence. Dressed in traditional costumes, dancing, watching their native country’s emblematic dances and carrying patriotic accessories, Mexicans had a colorful Mexican Day Parade.

Several cultural groups, music bands, artists, public employees from New York-based Mexican offices and other members of the Mexican and Latino community participated in the event.

Traditional dance troupes including the Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl, chinelos, moros, the Tecuanes San Gabriel, the Comité Guadalupano Ascensión, the Rivera Maya ballet and Mexico Lindo were some of the groups parading through the New York avenue to please the crowds, who did not miss a moment of the activities and took photos and video on their smartphones.

Other organizations such as Carnaval de Huejotzingo, Carnaval Putleco, Estamos Unidos, Huehues de San Pablo, Espíritu de México, the group Tigrada de Chilapa and Cambio de Vida Total also took the streets. To close the event, the Academia de Mariachi Alma, Corazón y Vida; La Norteña; Tecuanes and the Nuevo Amanecer marched along Madison Avenue.

(Photo by Ana Carina Castillo via Diario de México)

(Photo by Ana Carina Castillo via Diario de México)

The consul general of Mexico in New York, Diego Gómez-Pickering, also attended the celebration, and took a moment to point out and praise the everyday efforts of his compatriots to exalt the name of their motherland. “Today, Mexico must have only one voice. Let’s speak with that voice resonating now in Manhattan,” said the civil servant, who joined the march along the borough’s streets. Mexican-American Council member Carlos Menchaca was also in attendance.

Similarly, Maritza Marcelo, a member of Puebla’s legislature joined the event and highlighted the work of parade organizer Patricia Hernández, who has brought Mexicans together for 24 years to revitalize their roots.

For her part, Mexican Day Queen Evelyn Blanco expressed her pride in being Mexican and initiated chants of “¡Viva México!” that resounded strongly. After a noon start with mounted cadets marching along 28th Street, the parade ended after 2 p.m. at the 38th Street and Madison Avenue intersection with the national anthems of Mexico and the U.S.

Although Manhattan lived chaotic moments later on Saturday when a homemade bomb exploded, hurting 29 people, Mexicans cheered up the borough on Sunday with their festive spirit. The authorities closed some streets in the area, where reinforced security could be seen, but that was no impediment for hundreds of Mexicans, Hispanics and people of other nationalities to enjoy the parade.

First Mexican Independence Day in Newark

[Meanwhile, the New Jersey Mexican community will officially celebrate its first independence day in Newark Sept. 19. Below are excerpts from a story by Reporte Hispano’s Gery Vereau]

On Ferry Street, alongside Portuguese, Brazilian and Ecuadorean businesses, Mexican restaurants, clothing stores, money transfer and tattoo businesses have flourished in the past few years. Now, for the first time, they will also get to celebrate Mexico’s independence.

This was confirmed to Reporte Hispano by Chris Horacio Campos, member of the “Esperanza Azteca” committee and organizer of the first Mexican flag-raising ceremony in this city, which will take place Monday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Newark’s City Hall at 920 Broad St.

“We hope the Mexican community will show up, so in the following years we will organize bigger parades,” said the official.

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