Latino Independence Day Fiesta at Anderson River Park


What: Bicentennial Latino Independence Day Fiesta at Anderson River Park

When: Sep 12, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: KC Grove in Anderson River Park

If ‘World History’ wasn’t your favorite class in High School, then you’re probably unaware that the American Revolution of 1776 had a very strong impact on Mexican, South and Central American patriots who began their long fight for independence and democracy. “El Grito” (or, the Cry of Independence), is the Latino celebration to attend. This September, Latinos from Mexico and Chile will especially celebrate 200 years of independence from brutal Spanish rule.

On September 12, 2010, Mexican – and other Latino Independence Days – will be passionately celebrated at Anderson River Park from 11:30am to 4:30pm, in the KC Grove section away from the crowds and next to the cool Sacramento River. In a display of genuine unity and respect, local Latino-Americans will honor those who perished and served in the 9-11 World Trade Center attacks.

While there will not be independence fireworks, an annual favorite among northstaters will return! The official NHLC championship, Northern California “Hot Mouth” Jalapeño Eating Contest, will be blasting off at 1 pm!

Shasta County’s 14th Annual Latino Independence Day and Family Fair Fiesta will have plenty of delicious traditional foods and drinks, authentic musicians, “Ginetes” (Mexican cowboys and their amazing dancing horses). With activities for the kids, games and raffles, there will be plenty to enjoy. This is a true family event – so be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the music and folkloric dancers (smoking areas are outside of the event, no alcohol on site).

All proceeds from this event go directly to a scholarship fund for local youth. This event is sponsored by Shasta County’s Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition, Redding Rancheria, Wells Fargo Bank, Shasta College, Americorps and Shasta County Public Health. For more information, contact Amelia de la Torre Ward at 949-3481or Margaret Delgado Crandall at 241-7833.

– from Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition press release
-from press release
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  1. Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

    LATINO INDEPENDENCE was actually dependent upon the United States' founding fathers and patriots for success! That is a really BIG deal to Hispanics & Latinos throughout the world. I want to personally thank A NEWS CAFE for running our Bicentennial announcement for a couple of days! Hopefully every reader can come down to beautiful Anderson River Park this Sunday and enjoy the appreciative celebration from we humble Latinos, to ALL.

    In 1776 the United States' founding patriots emboldened the Latino patriots who assured that the rich, greedy monarchs, powerful landowners and corporations of the day would not further ravage the natural resources and abuse, torture and murder citizenry and Native populations for the glory of Spain. They stopped a brutal Spanish crusade that actually theologized terroristic indulgences against just about all of the people of the Americas.

    In 1862 the United States and President Abraham Lincoln assigned General Phil Sheridan who assured that during our own most difficult Civil War that the French elite and the rich and powerful Mexicans would not sell-out their country to the highest bidders who may have eventually preyed on us, again.

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941… the Hispanic-Latino citizens of Mexico, and other Latino nations, absolutely flooded the U.S. borders to enlist in our armed conflict with the Japanese invaders. MANY gave the ultimate sacrifice.

    We Latinos and Hispanic-Americans have very long memories that can span many generations. Our genuine gratitude has been peacefully and colorfully displayed every year for the past TWO HUNDRED years! We will remember that again this Sunday 9/12/10.

    We will also honor those who lost their lives and served on that dreadful day in New York City on 9/11/01. Not forgetting the thousands of victims, countless Hispanic-Latinos perished in the World Trade Center buildings. Six Hispanic-Latino Emergency Fire/Medical/Rescue workers and law enforcement officers lost their lives in service to ALL that tragic day. Our Southern borders and American consulates were flooded once again with Latinos who wanted to help defend our great country after that despicable attack. Many gave the ultimate sacrifice and many who fought and survived rightfully earned their U.S. citizenship.

    We will dance. We will dine. We will sing at the top of our little Latino lungs. Yet mostly, we will remember and teach our children the importance of not forgetting and giving back. We will give thanks… Because without the good ol' U.S. of A., Spain or France or England could have been our Southern neighbors – or… our rulers. While for some that may be a stretch of the imagination. But certainly, the world would have been a very different place indeed! And we may not have been alive or enjoying the loved ones and children we have or have had today… We have so much for which to be thankful!

    This Sunday, come celebrate that with us!!

    For more information please visit our little website:

    With respect,

    Alan Ernesto Phillips

    Public Affairs Officer

    Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition

    Redding, CA. USA

  2. Avatar Alan Ernesto Phillip says:

    The Latino Festival will be a BLAST!
    Thank you for the kind words, Margaret, that means a lot to me. We Latinos owe a lot to our founding fathers and mothers.

    Be sure to watch the northstate championship Jalapeno Eating Contest. It will be our brand of fireworks for the Mexican and Chilean BICENTENNIAL Independence Day celebration!

    And Margaret, if you have ever heard someone brag about how macho their mouth is… send them our way to Anderson River Park today. At 1Ñ00pm they could not only win some cool cash and a bunch of hot prizes, they could make their mouth officially !MACHO!

    See you all there!