The Zócalo is ready on the eve of Mexico’s national holiday

Like every year, it will be the central stage of the most important commemoration in Mexico that begins tomorrow night with the tolling of the original bell played by the priest Miguel Hidalgo in the church of Dolores in Guanajuato to proclaim independence even before conquering it. , which happened 11 years later.

In reality, the Grito was the call for the war for independence that began the next day, on September 16, 1810, and this was not achieved until September 27, 1821, hence the military parade in the Zócalo The Campo de Marte invokes the tri-guarantee army that sealed the victory.

After two years without a face-to-face ceremony and without the traditional popular festival in the square, this year it will be held in all its magnitude and splendor in person, which explains the strong security since this Wednesday, with three thousand police officers deployed in the historical Center.

The capital’s government secretary, Martí Batres, stressed that hundreds of thousands of attendees are expected in the Zócalo to attend the Shout that the president will launch from the central balcony of the National Palace and the subsequent concert by the Los Tigres del Norte group.

Presidents normally adhere to the ritual that has been carried out since 1896 when the bell, whose name is the Esquilón de San José, was removed from the tower of the Church of Dolores and installed on the presidential balcony.

The president appears in the courtyard of honor of the Palace shortly before 11 p.m. on the 15th, climbs the 53 steps of a staircase to the Gallery of the Presidents, from there to the presidential office where the tricolor band is placed on his chest .

Then he crosses the Agreements Room and the library, enters the Blue Room where he greets special guests (López Obrador has skipped that step), crosses four other rooms: the Green, the Purple, the Ambassadors and the Receptions.

There an escort of cadets gives him the national flag, and with it in his hands he goes out to the central balcony, rings the bell and gives the Shout that can have up to 20 cheers to the heroes mentioned by name.

Numerous mentions of the country are almost mandatory and each president adds his own slogans, but he is forced to conclude with three convincing ¡Viva México! which is chanted by the crowd.

The party begins there with the games of artifice on the fronts of the buildings in the square and the sky lights up with ingeniously elaborate pyrotechnics.

Alcoholic intake is not allowed, but people manage to include it in a full party that does not dawn just because in the morning the Zócalo begins to be occupied by the military for the parade.


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