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¡Viva México!

September 11, 2015

MEXICAN CIVIC SOCIETY OF ILLINOIS HOST ITS ANNUAL EL GRITO FESTIVAL AT DALEY PLAZA

CELEBRATION TO FEATURE LIVE MUSIC, FOLKLORIC DANCERS AND MARIACHI’S 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Daley Plaza will be converted into one of the largest Mexican 

Independence celebrations in Chicago on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, hosted by the 

Mexican Civic Society of Illinois, one of the oldest Mexican cultural organizations in Chicago. 

Large crowds are expected to turn out at the annual El Grito de Independencia, which 

celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821. 

The festival which starts at 5:30pm at Washington and Dearborn will feature a array of 

folkloric performances including the traditional Mexican Mariachi’s, a special performance 

by newly elected queen Tania Reyes along with local, national and international talent and 

of course local elected officials. 

El Grito 

Every year, millions of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and fellow revelers from around the 

world gather late the night before Mexican Independence Day (September 16) to join a 

massive, synchronized call-and-response that dates back to 1910, the one hundred and fifth

anniversary of Mexican Independence

On September 16, 1810, criollo Father Miguel Hidalgo cried out to his parish in the small town 

of Dolores. He cried out against French colonial rule, he cried out against the gachupín elite, 

he cried out for Mexicans to rise up and take charge of their destiny. His grito eventually 

rallied tens of thousands of people, mostly very poor Indians, to fight and change Mexico 

forever.

Come down to Daley plaza, experience El Grito as the bell is rung and the famous words are 

¡Mexicanos! ¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria! ¡Víva Hidalgo! ¡Viva Morelos! ¡Viva 

Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez! ¡Viva Allende! ¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros! ¡Viva la 

recited:

independencia nacional! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!

 

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