Published on September 16th, 2013 | by Mark Chesnut


PHOTOS: Mexican Independence Day, with Las Vegas Style

The Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) rang out on September 16, 1810, near Guanajuato, Mexico. It was the symbolic beginning of the Mexican independence movement, and today, that event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. (And no, in case you were wondering, Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with Mexican Independence Day. Click here to find out what Cinco de Mayo is really about.)

Celebrations take place around Mexico (you can check out some of LatinFlyer’s photos of a recent Independence celebration in Mexico City here). But those looking for festivities in the United States can find plenty of places to enjoy the excitement.

The city of Las Vegas, for example, has been playing up the celebration for the past several days, with an array of activities and events with a connection to its neighbor to the south.

Among the Mexico-infused festivities in Las Vegas:

• A Mexican Independence Day Fiesta Parade entertained crowds along 4th Street.

• A rousing boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Alvarez lost, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those celebrating Mexican Independence.)

• A series of Latin music concerts — with Mexican music as well as popular Latin music stylings from around Latin America and the United States, with artists including Luís Miguel, Marco Antonio Solis and Marc Anthony.

The photos in this slide show (courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau) capture some of the excitement. All this is proof that often, you don’t need to travel far to have a great travel experience.

¡Que viva México!

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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