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Mexican Independence Day in Los Angeles

Events for Mexican and other Latino Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage in LA

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Folklorico dancer at Cinco de Mayo

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Mexican Independence Day is not Cinco de Mayo, as most Americans believe; it is the 16th of September or Dieciseis de Septiembre. Five other Hispanic countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, celebrate their independence on September 15, and September is also Latino Heritage Month, so there are plenty of reasons to celebrate all things Latino in LA in September. Here are some ways to join the party.

Latin American Parade & Festival in Long Beach

Latin food from various countries, art exhibits, vendor booths, salsa dance performances and lessons, live music and exhibitions for the whole family.
When: Sat Sept 7, 2013, festival 5-10 pm
Where: Centered at City Place at 4th and the Promenade.
Cost: Free
Info: http://www.downtownlongbeach.org
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City of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month Opening Ceremonies

The City of Los Angeles honor the contributions of Latino cultural and civic leaders with an awards ceremony and festivities including arts and crafts for the kids on the City Hall South Lawn. Refreshments will also be available.
When: TBA
Where: LA City Hall South Lawn, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free
Info: www.facebook.com/HeritageLA, (213) 202-5500

Mexican Independence Day on Olvera Street at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

The annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day includes live music, dancing, carnival games and rides and exhibit booths.
When: Sept 14-15, 2013, 10 am - 10 pm, additional live music Sept 16
Where: Olvera Street Plaza, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Downtown LA
Cost: Free
Metro: Red Line to Union Station
Info: www.elpueblo.lacity.org
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Mexican Independence Parade in East LA

Street parade at 10:30 am followed by a street festival on Mednik between Cesar E. Chavez and First from noon-6pm. When: Sept 8, 2013, parade 10:30 am, festival noon to 6 pm
Where: Along Cesar Chavez Ave from Mednik to Gage in East Los Angeles
Cost: Free
Info: www.cmcplosangeles.org/east-la-parade/

Fiesta Patrias in Santa Ana

200,000 people show up to this street party on 4th Street in the heart of Santa Ana with top Latin performers.
When: Sept 14-15, 2012, noon - 10 pm
Where: 4th Street from Broadway to Minter, Santa Ana, CA
Cost: Free
Info: www.santa-ana.org

Aquarium of the Pacific Baja Splash Cultural Festival

The Aquarium’s festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and features dance & music performances, bilingual environmental programs, arts & crafts, and more.
When: Sat-Sun Sept 28-29, 2013 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $25.95 Adult, $22.95 Senior (62+), $14.95 Child (3-11)
Info: www.aquariumofpacific.org, (562) 590-3100
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