2013-08-06: MundoFox ¡VivaFest! 2013 Celebrates The Real Mexican Independence Day

Two days of free festivities culminate in the “El Grito de la Independencia” – the Cry of Independence

September 14 and 15

San Jose, CA (August 6, 2013) – The 22nd Annual MundoFox ¡VivaFest! celebrates Mexico’s real Independence Day – September 16 – with two days of free festivities and a special Mariachi Mass, in San Jose, September 14- 15. MundoFox ¡VivaFest!, the country’s only month-long, multi-venue celebration of the best Latino music, art, dance, and film combined with educational music and dance workshops and community conversations, takes place August 31 – September 28 throughout San Jose.

Produced by the non-profit Mexican Heritage Corporation, this destination event showcases and explores Latino culture, inviting a better understanding of its treasure, heritage and influence on modern life.

September 14, 7 p.m.

Ireland Meets Mexico in a musical tribute to the San Patricio Brigade (St. Patrick’s Battalion). September marks the 150th anniversary of the heroic efforts of the San Patricio Brigade – mostly made up of Irish and German immigrants – who followed their faith to fight on behalf of Mexico against the U.S. during the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Mexico lost the war, brought on in part by the U.S. annexation of Texas from Mexico. The War ended with Mexico recognizing Texas as independent. Irish musicians O’Craven and the Kavanaugh Brothers and Mexican American folk group Cascabel join Veracruz, Mexico’s Grupo Mono Blanco in an evening of family-friendly musical cross collaboration. San Pedro Square Market, San Jose; free.

September 15, 10 a.m.

Mariachi Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, San Jose.

September 15, 2 – 9 p.m.

Feria del Mariachi: celebrate Fiestas Patrias (Patriot Festival) to kick off the authentic Mexican Independence Day, with games, music, food, arts and cultural activities for the entire family. MundoFox’s Poncho de Anda, host of El Factor X and Marco Antonio Regil, MundoFox host and brand ambassador will join the on-stage fun and be available for autographs and photos. At 8:45 p.m., join Mexican Consul General, Carlos Ponce Martinez, in El Grito, a massive, synchronized call-and-response, a dramatic speech first given by Mexican revolutionary Hidalgo, September 16, 1810. San Jose’s Discovery Meadow; free.

More about “El Grito de la Independencia” (the cry of independence): Mexican revolutionary Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is considered by many to be that country’s version of the U.S. revolutionary Paul Revere. Rather than riding a horse through the community to warn of the impending British attack, Hidalgo on September 16, 1810, ordered the bells to ring at the Church of Delores in the town of Guanajuato, calling his congregation and followers. His “El Grito de la Independencia,” a rousing speech, whose exact words are lost to history, encouraged his followers to revolt against the Spanish Colonial Government. The first insurgency started four days later; Mexico’s independence from Spain was not effectively declared until September 28, 1821, a decade after the war.

Today’s “El Grito,” performed as a call-and-response, is based on the following:

Long live the heroes that gave us the Fatherland!
Long live Hidalgo!
Long live Morelos!
Long live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez!
Long live Allende!
Long live Galena and the Bravos!
Long live Aldama and Matamoros!
Long live National Independence!
Long Live Mexico! Long Live Mexico! Long Live Mexico!”

For more information about all MundoFox ¡VivaFest! 2013 events and special prices please visit:  MundoFox ¡VivaFest! 2013

Fundraiser: All MundoFox ¡VivaFest! proceeds benefit the non-profit Mexican Heritage Corporation and San Jose Unified School District’s Joint Mariachi Youth Education Program which provides a rigorous standards-based music program in mariachi for students from diverse communities.


Media Contacts:

Trisha Clayton, 415-346-4565, t.clayton@comcast.net

Judy Rowcliffe, 415-456-4131, jlrowcliffe@comcast.net