Celebrating Mexican independence

A procession of flags, cars, bands and local residents traveled from Sixth Street and Central Avenue to Lincoln Park on Saturday to begin the Sept. 16 Mexican independence day celebration in Tracy.

The Tracy community celebrated the anniversary of Mexican independence on Saturday with a parade through town and events at Lincoln Park.

The 16th of September celebration was organized by the South Side Community Organization and supported by Tracy businesses and elected leaders. The annual event began with a parade along Central Avenue through downtown Tracy and north along Holly Drive to Lincoln Park, at the corner of Holly and East Eaton Avenue.

Food, dancing, music and displays of horsemanship were all part of the celebration, which also featured a recitation of “El Grito,” the traditional 1810 call to action in the Mexican Revolution against Spain, which was finally achieved in 1821.

The queens of the fiesta were Miss 16th of September Isabel Mendoza, 17, a West High School junior and cheerleader; Tracy Latina Princess Kailyn Tavares, 11, a Williams Middle School student and basketball player; and Little Miss Latina Arianna Gonzales Coria, 10, an honors student and boxer.

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