Hundreds Gather at State Capitol to Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day

Hundreds of people gathered at our state’s capitol Thursday night to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day.

Voices rang proud and flags swayed high, as both the American and the Mexican national anthems were sung in tribute to the mixture of these heritages. Americans of all cultural backgrounds stood in solidarity, reveling in the significance of this day, when, 201 years ago, Mexico waged war against Spanish rule and tyranny.

Still for many, the festivities were more than just remembering what happened two centuries ago, or eating too much of the amazing food provided by Sacramento’s mobile food trucks. Instead, they represented the struggle of Mexican Americans here in the United States in becoming an important and recognized ingredient in America’s melting pot.

As people listened to their favorite ranchera and banda music, wore their craziest or most authentic Mexican outfit, and cried out “Viva México, y Viva los Estados Unidos” (Long live Mexico, and long live the United States), cheers of gratitude and pride echoed everywhere for the great struggle of our ancestors, who fought for equality in this country.

Having the opportunity to celebrate who we are on the steps of California’s great capitol, made the Mexican American struggle and its successes that much more real for all of us there.

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September 17, 2011 | 6:47 AM

Yeah, I gathered there too. To protest mexican interference in California citizen’s governmental affairs. Anyone notice how the mexicans were given access to the inside of the state capitol where they waved the mexican flag and addressed their citizens from? Have you ever seen an American civic activity group granted such favor? Not me. It takes nearly an act of god to get the rules committee to grant access to ANYONE or any group. I say it is improper that a foreign flag be waved from inside our state capitol.

September 17, 2011 | 6:11 PM

Thankyou Davi, the whole country was with you in spirit. To heck with our fake liberal govmt in Sacramento, stealing from us and giving to a retarded backward criminal country Mexico. They really are trying to railroad the NAU, aren’t they.

September 18, 2011 | 10:38 AM

Beautifully stated!

It’s confusing for people to see the flag of a foreign nation risen in front of a U.S. Government building. It’s almost as though they’ve claimed dominion and themselves as conquerors.

September 19, 2011 | 10:26 PM

well i just would like to say we all do respect is that you and all Americans are foreign .. i should say how dare you wave your flag on my peoples land .. what goes around comes around and everyone is foreign but Native people

September 22, 2011 | 1:23 PM

Tanya, regardless of where people come from to live here in the U.S., they have to regard and respect our laws and customs. This isn’t a free for all country, like, anything goes.

September 22, 2011 | 1:24 PM

Tanya, regardless of where people come from to live in the U.S., they have to have regard for our customs and laws. This isn’t a free for all country, at least last time I checked.

October 17, 2012 | 1:32 AM

vforrister, you are pretty ignorant to the fact that the people who immigrated over to America had absolutely no regard or respect for the Native peoples who already lived here, so your comment is pretty hypocritical of you to state that modern day foreigners have no respect for our laws and customs. Last time I checked, a lot of immigrants actually do follow the laws, and do you know what else? They do all of the manual labor that white lazy Americans don’t want to do. Without them your lawn wouldn’t get mowed, or that playground wouldn’t have been built. Not only that, but we exploit their labor! We pay them absolutely nothing because they are too afraid to stand up for themselves and ask for decent wages, because its damn near impossible to become a citizen. Not impossible, but it takes a LOT of money and a LOT of time. Most Americans don’t even know half of what immigrants have to study in order to become a citizen in this country. We should be ashamed as how indecent we treat other human beings. They are the same as you or I, no matter where they come from. Everyone just wants to live. Just because they don’t believe in the same stuff, doesn’t make them less human. Everyone has the right to their own happiness and lifestyle.

Esmeralda
September 16, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Seriously CA was originally Mexico is that so hard to understand our land was taken and were just celebrating our independence so what if for one day we get to Fly Our Flag at The State Capitol YAY MEXICO!!!!

September 18, 2011 | 6:22 AM

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