Over 700 people attend Mexico’s first-ever Independence Day event hosted by Mujeres de Acción and the Latino Outreach Council
– County residents gathered at Sherwood Park in Paso Robles on Friday to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day and kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. Organized by community organizations Mujeres de Acción and the Latino Outreach Council, attendees enjoyed folkloric ballet, Mexican cuisine and local business booths.
This year being the 212th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain, audiences were also treated to El Grito by the evening’s special guest, the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard. El Grito was famous for Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidago y Costilla’s call to arms that sparked the Mexican War of Independence, known for cries of “Viva Mexico!” The United States national anthem also played brought a sense of multiculturalism to the event.
“We are very proud to bring our community together for this very first event,” said Brenda Echevarria, co-founder of Mujeres de Acción. “It was so exciting to see the outpouring of vendors and we hope this celebration can become a tradition here in Paso Robles for years to come.”
As 2022 is also a crucial year for local elections, citizen engagement was also present during the event. Various candidates vying for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School Board and San Luis Obispo County Supervisor were in attendance and spoke to voters about pressing concerns. Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin also gave opening remarks to kick off the event.
“It’s so important to involve families in the community and hear what they think,” said Sondra Williams, District 4 candidate for the Paso Robles Unified School District. “I enjoyed hearing their concerns and look forward to winning their vote in November.”
Mujeres de Acción will continue to host events in 2022. The next will be their 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner, which will showcase resources and honor those who have survived. Those interested can check the details on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/805mujerdeaccion/.