The General Consulate of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona, commemorated their 208th Anniversary of Mexico’s Independence “El Grito” with a colorful festival. The event was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Pierson Vocational High School. The event was open to the public with free entertainment from both sister cities. The colorful festivities were hosted by the General Mexican Consulate and the City of Nogales with several other local businesses.
The colorful festival included local vendors and entertainment for more than 400 people in attendance. Among those people in attendance were Ricardo Santana, Consul General of Mexico, Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, John F. Doyle, the Municipal President of Nogales, Sonora, Cuauhtémoc Galindo, Councilman Jose Diaz, and the U.S. Consul Virginia Stabb.
Both sister cities worked collaboratively to bring entertainment from both sides of the border. The festival included entertainment from a variety of local artists. The public enjoyed entertainment by Mariachi Apache from Nogales High School, Banda Municipal, Grupo Folklorico V Studio, Ballet Folklorico Allewame, along with folkloric dancers from Lourdes Catholic School. Janet Benitez sang the American Anthem. The event followed with Ricardo Santana, Consul General of Mexico leading the public with the proclamation of Mexico’s Independence Day and “el grito”the cry for independence. The evening closed with the coronation of the new sovereign queen of “Fiestas Patrias”, Paulette Estrada.