Mexican Independence Day -- traditionally observed on September 16 -- marks the anniversary of Grito de Dolores, which first declared Mexico's sovereignty from Spanish rule. On Saturday, September 15, Mexico's national holiday starts a day early in St. Louis with Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day hosted by the Cherokee Street Latino Business Owners Association. The festivities fall within the footprint of Iowa to Nebraska avenues on Cherokee Street, with live musical acts and entertainment scheduled to perform at a stage on California Avenue. Authentic Mexican eats and drinks such as fajitas, carne al pastor, chimichangas and margaritas will be available for purchase, and activities for adults and children range from mechanical bull rides and face painting to a petting zoo and a traditional El Grito de Independencia ceremony. The two-day celebration runs through Sunday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the festival is free; food, drink and activities are not. For more information, visit www.cherokeestreetnews.org.
Sat., Sept. 15; Sun., Sept. 16, 2012