TOPPENISH, Wash. — Heritage University will host a cultural festival in honor of Mexican Independence Day next week.
The festival, called “El Grito de Independencia,” will commemorate what’s known as the “The Cry of Dolores,” when a Roman Catholic priest in the Mexican city of Dolores Hidalgo rang the bell of his church and gave the call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence in 1810.
“El grito de independencia” translates as “the cry of independence.”
The festival will feature games, food, drinks, folklorico dancers and piñatas. It will also feature live music from Banda Perla Azteca and the Central Washington University Mariachi Club.
The festival is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at Heritage University, 3240 Fort Road, Toppenish.