El Grito Hispanic celebration in Hillsboro 2022
The city of Hillsboro marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with an El Grito celebration in Shute Park Saturday, offering music, food, family activities and cultural resources.
El Grito de Independencia is a holiday celebrated Sept. 15-16 to acknowledge Mexico and six other Latin American countries gaining their independence from Spain. Hillsboro’s celebration featured a car show, mariachi music, ballet folklorico, singing performances and an El Grito ceremony.
“El Grito” translates to “the cry,” and on the night of Sept. 15, the president of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City, representing a shout of patriotism to the country – inviting others to join.
The celebration is part of Hillsboro’s commitment to its Hispanic and Latino communities, which make up over 24% of the city’s population according to the 2020 U.S. Census. Mayor Steve Callaway issued a proclamation Sept. 6 recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, which spans from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
“Understanding the lived experiences of Hispanics in Hillsboro is critical to the creation of City services, development, infrastructure, programs, and investments with mutual benefits,” the proclamation said.
The city is hosting other events during the month, including a Hispanic Heritage Art Show opening Oct. 1. A full list of events and resources can be found on the city’s website.
– Austin De Dios; adedios@oregonian.com; @austindedios; (503) 319-9744
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