These are the cultural activities to enjoy El Grito in Mexico City
The capital's government announced local programs for the 209th anniversary of Mexico's Independence, which will take place on September 15.
At the Zócalo there will be a traditional verbena that will begin at 16:00 hours. There will be two stages with 32 invited artists for the popular festival called "Culturas de México" and the Pinos Cultural Center will pay tribute to the accordion player Celso Piña, recently deceased, at 19:00.
El Grito of Independence, the first of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will be as usual at 23:00 hours. Afterwards there will be concerts with mariachis from Sedena and Semar. The band of the Centro de Capacitación Musical y Desarrollo de la Cultura Mixe, from Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, will also play.
The rest of the night will be performed by singer Eugenia León and Banda Limón.
On the other hand, in the municipality Álvaro Obregón the festivities will begin at 14:30 hours, with the presentation of Rubén, Pedro Solís, and the project Semillita, the Folkloric Ballet of the School of Amalia Hernández, Voces Alma de Acero, Mar Lira, David Páez with Mariachi and the Eclipse Group. Around 22:30 hours the Philharmonic Band of the Mayor's Office will perform, at 22:40 hours the Scream ceremony will take place and at 23:40 hours the Paquita La del Barrio from Veracruz will perform.
In Azcapotzalco, the street party will begin at 10:00 hours with a civic parade along the avenue of the same name and from 20:00 hours will be organized musical presentations with the participation of Mariachi Ruiz with Celia Gallardo, Wilder Gomez, and Dynamite Exhibition and the Refreshing Banda Aljibe.
In Benito Juárez the festivities will begin at 19:00 hours, with the Amalia Hernández Folkloric Ballet. After the Grito ceremony, the groups OV7 and Jeans will be presented.
And at 18:00 hours, in the Jardín Hidalgo, of the municipality of Coyoacán, the performances of the Symphonic Band of Coyoacán, Pepe Arévalo, and his Mulatos, the Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana and the vocalist Regina Orozco will follow one another. La Auténtica Sonora Santanera, by Gildardo Zárate, will close.
In Cuajimalpa the activities will begin at 18:30 hours with Aarón and his Grupo Ilusión, the Banda Machos, Los Askis, the participants of the Miss Mexico contest and, as the main act, the performance of Lupillo Rivera.
In the municipality Cuauhtémoc will be: Alex Colucci, Sebastián de la Riva, the Nervios Cocktail, Los Hijos de la Matraca, Ma Dam Chiang, the Compañía de Folklore México and, in the stellar numbers, Uzielito Mix, el Mimoso and Maelo Ruiz.
In Iztacalco there will be performances of danzón, ballet, and music schools. At night the Sonora Dinamita and Sonora Santanera will resound, with the Maguey Band closing.
In the Iztapalapa municipality, the activities will begin at 13:30 hours with presentations by Jary Franco, Elsa Ríos, Pipe Bueno, the Orquesta Típica, Maelo Ruiz, the Poderosa Banda San Juan, to close with Edwin and La Trakalosa, from Monterrey.
At Miguel Hidalgo, from 14:30 hours, will arrive the bands Zona Rika, Lucho Argaín's Sonora Dinamita, Grupo Niche, and El Caló.
Gustavo A. Madero, Tláhuac, Tlalpan, Venustiano Carranza, and Xochimilco have not yet announced their programs.