Sunday, September 15, 2013

2013 Emma S. Barrientos - Mexican American Cultural Center hosts opening event of Austin's newest Two Day celebration.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center hosted the opening event of Austin's two days of celebrations.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Texas State Capitol hosted the Fiesta de el Grito de Independencia celebration.
The entire community came together to make this important cultural tradition better then ever!

The Honorable Rosalba Ojeda, Consul General of Mexico, with her husband Francisco, at her side, waves the Mexican flag in the traditional ceremony of “El Grito” or “Cry for Independence”.

Rosalba Ojeda, Consul General of Mexico in Austin, standing on the steps of the Texas State Capitol, waves the Mexican flag while the bell tolls.

The Fiesta de Independencia Foundation and the Fiesta de el Grito de Independencia Committee are proud that a community celebration they gave birth to in 1992, grew over the years and became a bigger success. Last year, 2012, the event was held at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center with 3,000 in attendance. This year, 2013, 10,000 attended the event at the State Capitol.

DAY ONE, Saturday September 14
Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center.
At the ESB-MACC, Proyecto Teatro actors portray historical figures.

On Saturday, September 14th, the City of Austin held “Viva Mexico”, a community oriented event at the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center. Meticulously programed with local talent, the celebration was co-sponsored by Telemundo.

The center’s mission incorporated the entire spectrum of indigenous cultures.

The “Viva Mexico” program could be described as welcoming, accessible and family friendly conducted with community pride.

The celebration and entertainment began at 5 PM, in the Zocalo.  Both Mexican folkloric dance and an Aztec-Toltec-Mayan inspired performances thrilled the crowd.

The Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl dance troupe.

From strollers to walkers, the entire spectrum of family generations enjoyed the show.

Mariachi Corbetas, the Ortiz family which included the father, son, and grandson entertained the audience. When they played “Mariachi Negro” many in the crowd got up to dance.

Mariachi Corbetas.

Linda Irizarry Crockett, Marketing and Special Events Manager, designed a great show with a lot of community participation.
Left: Gloria Mata Pennington, Chair, Fiesta de el Grito de Independencia Committee. with Linda Irizarry Crockett.
Telemundo’s on the air personalities, Wendolyn Morales and Daniel Morales served as the master of ceremonies.
Daniel Morales and Wendolyn Morales served as the events MC's.

Gloria Mata Pennington took to the stage, addressing the crowd in Spanish, to tell the history of Diez y Seis celebrations in Austin.  

A link to Gloria's message as well as a link to the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation website.

Herlinda Zamora, Managing Director of the Emma S. Barrientos - Mexican American Cultural Center, also addressed the crowd in Spanish and English, ending with the traditional “Viva Mexico”, which is shouted three times.
Herlinda Zamora, with Gloria Mata Pennington.

Herlinda Zamora gives a rousing shout of “Viva Mexico”.

Juan Oyervides, Chair, Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center’s Advisory Board.
The entertainment continued with more Mariachi, Proyecto Teatro and Rios Conchero de San Antonio.

The talented and dedicated staff of the Emma S. Barrientos-Mexican American Cultural Center.
Briana Salcido and Tiffany Moreno, Educational Programs Staff.

“Viva Mexico” was a great event thanks to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Laura Esparza, Manager of History, Arts and Nurture Division and the staff.
Providing local talent an exciting venue in which to perform, makes for a happy community.

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