David Preciado lost his voice, but gained numerous friends by demonstrating México’s rich culture and history during Mexican Independence Day festivities.
The newly arrived Mexican cónsul:
Wednesday, kicked off a VIP celebration at Arte Américas, during which retired judge Armando Rodríguez was presented with the cultural center’s inaugural Legacy Award.
Thursday, danced with his wife on the Chukchansi Park grass to the sounds of Banda Expectativa and later gave the tradition ¡Grito de la Independencia! (Shout for Independence). Minutes later, he joined thousands of supporters who watched on the park’s big screen broadcast México President Enrique Peña Nieto gaving the same shout from the balcony of the National Palace in México City’s Zócalo.
Friday, accompanied Mexican Olympic gymnast Alexa Romero for a special celebration at Fresno State.
And all that was before the weekend even got underway with the Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Chukchansi Park and various other celebrations.
Mexican Independence anniversary celebrated at Fresno City Hall
Local city leaders and representatives of the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno commemorated the 206th anniversary of the Independence of México with a civic ceremony honoring the American and Mexican flags.
The ceremony which took place on Sept. 15 at Fresno City Hall not only symbolizes the friendship between the United States and México but also recognize cultural diversity in Fresno as well as the many contributions made by Mexicans in the community.
“It’s an honor to be here with you today as we celebrate the raising of the Mexicana flag,” said Fresno City Council President Paul Caprioglio. “Please accept our thanks for your service to our community.”
This is the eight year in a row that the ceremony has been taken place at city hall. The Fresno City Council also presented a proclamation to the Consulate.
Caprioglio said the Mexican Consulate has been an integral part of the city of Fresno.
“We are friends, friends united by family, by history and by culture,” Caprioglio said. “Thank you for all the help you do in our community.”
Fresno City councilwoman Esmeralda Soria is was important to celebrate the contributions of Mexicans outside their county, in the United States, in California and in the county of Fresno.
Soria said she was proud to be Mexican-American as her parents came to the United States as immigrants from Mexico.
“Today, we honor our nation and our national identity,” said Consul of Mexico, David Preciado. “Every year on this date, Mexican Embassies and Consulates around the world celebrate this occasion with pride.
“We celebrate Mexico as prosperous nation, a country that is set aside for uniqueness of its culture, traditions and people,” Preciado said. “With more than 80 cities known as “Magic Towns” and 34 World Heritage Sides our country shows to the world its diversity and wealth.”
Preciado said Mexico is Latin America’s second largest economy.
“Today, we rejoice on our friendship with California and the Central Valley. Gracias, thank you, for opening the doors in City Hall for us today, and for your continuous efforts for preserving cultural diversity in Fresno,” Preciado said. “We much appreciate your kindness sharing our national holiday.”
Preciado reiterate his commitment not only to the community, “but also with you, friends of Mexico, whose collaboration is part of the promising future for my country.”
During the ceremony the American flag and Mexican Flag were raised, 12-year-old La Voz Kids finalist and Fresno native Isaac Torres, sang the national anthem of United States while Jesus Luna Lezama, instructor for the military marching band sang the national anthem of Mexico.
Students from Mayfair Elementary School in Fresno attended the ceremony which included a performance by Middle School Military Marching Band - Escuela Secundaria Técnica #20, “El Nigromante” - from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and folkloric dancers from Sunnyside High School.
Luna Lezama said it was the first time the marching band, which had 22 students, visited Fresno. In the past, the group had attended Mexican Independence Day celebration in Little Rock, Arkansas where Preciado served as consul.
The ceremony at Fresno City Hall was one in a series of events in various cities in the Central Valley to celebrate the Mexico Independence.
Other events included Preciado leading ‘Grito de Dolores’ at Chukchansi Park, where hundreds of people congregated for the celebration as well as additional activities during the weekend, including a Folkloric dance show at the Warnor’s Theater, parades, civic ceremonies and the Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Chukchansi Park, with teams from Mexico’s Pacific League, Los Naranjeros y Los Aguilas.