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Rep.Rodriguez, Eddie

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by: Rep. Rodriguez, Eddie

Today, Representative Eddie Rodriguez wishes all of his constituents and fellow Texans a happy Diez y Seis de Septiembre Holiday — a Fiesta Patria (Mexican national holiday) that will be celebrated today, September 16th 2005.

"Mexican Independence Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate and affirm the rich culture and contributions of Mexico to our great state of Texas," said Rodriguez. "I encourage everyone to attend a celebration."

On September 16th, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s grito de Dolores (“cry of Dolores”) at the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato marked the end of Spanish rule in Mexico.

The struggle against Spain centered around the rights of the Criollos (or "Creoles") who were born in the New World with Spanish ancestry, but not given the privilege of those born in Europe. On September 16th, 1825, the Republic of Mexico officially declared September 16 its national Independence Day.

In Texas, Diez y Seis de Septiembre has been celebrated for more than 167 years.

List of Diez y Seis Events in the Austin:

- Diez y Seis Celebration with Senator Gonzalo Barrientos in the Capitol Rounda. Free. Friday, September 16, 2005, noon to 1pm.
- Fiesta Gardens Diez y Seis Celebration - 5pm to midnight Friday, September 16 and Saturday, 2pm to midnight. Location: Fiesta Gardens, north of Town Lake. $5-$10.
- Sixth Annual Mexican Independence Day Parade - 4pm Saturday. Parade begins at Riverside and Congress and ends at the Capitol, with a presentation including music, speech, and poetry. Benefits the Texas Latino Artists East Side Mural Project.

CONTACT: Gerardo Castillo
(512) 463-0674

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P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0674

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P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0674

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