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Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations begin

Mexico — Around the country, the Grito de Independencia will be cried by officials of nearly every small town and large city as the country prepares to celebrate Independence Day.

At 11:00 p.m. tonight, President Enrique Peña Nieto will arrive on the central balcony of the National Palace to give his last Independence Cry accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera.

The president will wave the flag of Mexico, pronounce the harangue, ring the Bell of Dolores and wave the Labaro patrio which will be followed by an extensive show of fireworks that will light up Plaza de la Constitution.

The first ceremony of Grito de Independencia was held on September 15 1896, the date on which then president Porfirio Díaz, rang the new Campana de Dolores or Bell of Dolores.

For the celebration of the 208th Anniversary of the Grito de Independencia or Cry of Independence, the Collective Transportation System (STC) will remain closed in the Zócalo station on Line 2 in Mexico City until the military parade on Sunday, the 16th and the official day of the country’s independence.

For the evening of September 15, officials of Mexico City will have deployed more than 3,500 officers around the first square of the city where celebrations will take place. For the actual Independence Day holiday on Sunday, police will be increased to 5,700.

The police operation will run until Monday to ensure security.