Old Town Mexican Independence Day Festival

September 3, 2010

–Fiesta Patrias 200th Anniversary Celebration—

Enjoy a former time when Old Town San Diego celebrated Mexican Independence Day with lively dancing, music, food and drink on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. The festival commemorates the beginning of Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1810, which is one of the most important days in Mexico’s history.

Guests of the festival will be able to join local dignitaries including host Governor José María de Echeandía inside the beautiful Casa de Estudillo as they enjoy the play, Bells of Dona Josepha. Portrayed by actor Victor Contreras, Governor Echeandía was twice governor of Alta California from 1825 to 1831 and from 1832 to 1833. The romantic play is about Josepha Carillo and Henry Fitch. Hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

The festival will feature many free activities for visitors of all ages such as contests, relay races, paper-flower making, piñatas and cornhusk-doll making.

Everyone can dance to early California music in the historic Casa de Estudillo museum afterward. Tickets can be purchased at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park visitor center, information booth in the plaza between noon and 4 p.m. or at the door. Adults are $10.00; kids $5.00 (ages 5-12); under 5 is free.

For more information, call Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Visitor Information Center at 619-220-5422 or visit www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego.

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