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Many gather in downtown Laredo to celebrate Mexico’s independence

This is the 210th celebration of Mexico’s independence
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 9:57 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 8:36 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Wednesday’s big independence day celebration for Mexico has kicked off on Tuesday with the traditional El Grito de Dolores.

Of course, due to COVID-19 restrictions it’s being done in the safest way possible: through social media.

It’s been 210 years since the beginning of the war for Mexico’s independence.

We caught up with the Mexican consul general who spoke on how they are making this year’s celebration memorable.

With an early morning live performance, officials tell us they have many festive treats planned over the next couple of days that the public is encouraged to view.

Consul Juan Carlos Mendoza says regardless of the pandemic it’s important to celebrate the culture, the dignity, and the union of Mexico.

“We are celebrating not only the starting of the War of Independence in Mexico, we are celebrating, what is Mexico?" said Juan Carlos Mendoza. "Our culture, our dignity, our union, so it’s very important but also what is Mexico? So it’s very important in the history of Mexico, and it’s very important for the union of Mexicans, especially when they are are living abroad.”

After more than a decade of fighting and over 20,000 casualties, Mexico finally gained their independence from Spain on September 27, 1821.

To participate in the virtual events you can visit the Consulado General de Mexico en Laredo Facebook page at ConsulMexLaredo.

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