Mexican Independence celebration
Dancers of El Ballet Folklorico Nuestra Herencia Mexicana de Tracy performed traditional Mexican dances on stage at McDonald Park on Saturday, Sept. 14, during the fiesta commemorating Mexican Independence Day. Courtesy of Larry Gamino
Dancers of El Ballet Folklorico Nuesta Herencia Mexicana de Tracy perform traditional Mexican dances on stage at McDonald Park Saturday, Sept. 14, during a fiesta commemorating Mexican Independence Day. The fiesta, sponsored by the Southside Community Association, included dancing, music, charros, food, art show, handball tournament and “El Grito,” the historic call for the beginning of the fight for Mexican independence in 1822. Fiesta royalty included Savana Votaw, 16th of September queen; Marian Juarez, Miss Tracy Latina; and Karla Alvarez, Tracy Latina Princess.
Maria Hurtado, Tracy’s assistant city manager, was grand marshal for a parade on 10th Street and Central Avenue that kicked off the Saturday fiesta at McDonald Park.
A second fiesta took place Sunday, Sept. 15, at Lincoln Park. Hundreds of people got free plates of tacos and other food at the celebration of Mexican Independence Day while performers on the Lincoln Park stage played traditional music for the crowd.