El Grito fiesta set Sunday

Full story: The Salinas Californian

The event is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. It celebrates Mexican Independence Day, Sept.
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sparticus

Salinas, CA

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Sep 17, 2012
 
why is this news. Americans don't dare come out for 4th of july in mexico. can't fly an American flag there either.Can't assemble or protest.
Go to the rodeo and watch how many of them are disrespectful of our flag and national anthum.
Let mexicans be festive in mexico for their holidays. I for one am tired of their flags, music blaring at stop lights or through my houses windows at night, and then there is the ILLEGALS yes I said ILLEGALS.

Since: Jun 12

Hollister, CA

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Sep 17, 2012
 
Who cares about whether US people celebrate July 4 in Mexico? This is the US, where we do use our rights of free assembly and speech to celebrate El Grito, Bastille Day, Nowruz, Vietnamese New Year, and others, in addition to July 4.

And El Grito is _not_ a foreign holiday in California. The 13 Colonies broke from Europe on July 4, 1776; likewise, California broke from Europe on September 16, 1810, the day of El Grito. California might still be Spain without the September 16 event. July 4 is the national day of independence in the US and therefore in California, but California was either European-controlled or Mexican for seven decades after US independence. El Grito is therefore California history, and it is therefore American history.

It is absolutely deserving of at least a few paragraphs in the paper.
sparticus

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Sep 17, 2012
 
it is a mexican holiday, not an American holiday.California is a state in the united States. Not a state in mexico.

Since: Jun 12

Morgan Hill, CA

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Sep 18, 2012
 
Christmas is the biggest holiday event each year in the US, and everyone here is free to celebrate it if they wish, even though it commemorates an event that occurred very far away in a foreign land. Why shouldn't people on the US also be free to celebrate an event that occurred in Mexico, incidentally the one that brought our land of California independence from Spain? Why shouldn't people celebrate their close ties to Mexican culture? And why shouldn't the local news cover it, if local people choose this activity? It's not as if doing so is a renunciation of US allegiance.(No, neither is displaying a Mexican flag within the US.)

Every year we celebrate independence from Britain. Is it wrong to celebrate independence from Spain, too, or is that independence overrated?

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