SOUTH BEND — A celebration of Mexican Independence Day with food, music and culture returns Sept. 17 to the parking lot of the Marycrest Building, 2015 W. Western Ave.
The “Patriotic Fiestas” will start at noon and run until 11 p.m., when Mayor James Mueller will help to do “El Grito,” or the shouted ceremonial “cry” that recalls Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s cry in 1810 that started the Mexican war against Spanish rule. There is no admission fee. Local food vendors will serve an array of Mexican cuisine.  
Entertainment throughout the day includes a singing contest, kids games, folkloric dancers and the bands Los de San Rafael, Grupo Fuerza de Michigan, Oasis La Fantasia and TNO Net.  
The radio station Sabor Latino (93.5 FM) is organizing the festival with other local partners.

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