Sacramento State students celebrate El Grito for Mexican Independence Day

Sacramento State students celebrate El Grito for Mexican Independence Day

Updated: 7:18 AM PDT Sep 16, 2022

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CELEBRATING MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY TONIGHT. ANDREA: AND AS KCRA 3’S LEE ANNE DENYER SHOWS US, STUDENTS FOUND AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE HISTORY AND HAVE FUN. >> THEY ARE OUT HERE DANCING, HAVING A GOOD TIME. >> AT SACRAMENTO STATE, EL GRITO. MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION. >> WE HAVE A TRADITIONAL BANDA WORKING WITH US. AND WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE. >> UNIQUE A CAMPUS GROUP THAT DATES BACK 1978 HOSTED THE EVENT. THEY WORK TO BRING ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL EVENTS TO STUDENTS. >> I DECIDED TO COME OUT BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE MY FAMILY IS FROM. I KNOW THERE’S PROBABLY STUDENTS, IT BRINGS THEM ALL TOGETHER AND LET’S THEM HAVE FUN. >> THE GRITO DE DOLORES DATES BACK TO SEPTEMBER 16, 1810. IT CONTINUES TO BE THE TRADITIONAL MEXICAN CRY OF INDEPENDENCE. >> THEY BEGAN WITH VIVA MEXICO, THAT IS HOW THE GRITO BECAME KNOWN AND THAT IS WHAT WE CELEBRATE NOW. ONCE WE GET TO EL GRITO IT’S WHEN EVERYONE IS HERE. ITS ABOUT CELEBRATING CULTURE, NOT ONLY MEXICAN BUT TRYING TO GATEHR EVERYONE. >> WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO TONIGHT? >> I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO DANCING UNTIL MY FEET FALL OFF. >> YOU HEAR THAT? IT IS PEOPLE LAUGHING, DANCING, HAVING A GOOD TIME, RELIEVING STRESS AND CELEBRATING CULTURE

Sacramento State students celebrate El Grito for Mexican Independence Day

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Updated: 7:18 AM PDT Sep 16, 2022

At Sacramento State, hundreds of students celebrated El Grito, Mexican Independence Day, Thursday. The event was held at The University Union’s Serna Plaza.

Ajamu Lambumba

Ajamu Lamumba is the University Union UNIQUE advisor. UNIQUE – an acronym for the Union Network for Innovative and Quality University Entertainment – offers entertainment and cultural programming to students, he said, to enhance their university experience.

“It’s people laughing, dancing, having a very good time, reliving stress and celebrating culture all at the same time,” he said. “They’re out here dancing.”

Lamumba hoped students had fun and felt a sense of pride and respect for Mexican heritage following the event.

Banda Rorro’s La Perrona De Sacramento

UNIQUE teamed with Gamma Zeta Alpha for the Thursday night celebration, a day ahead of Independence Day on Sept. 16. The event was held on campus for free. Banda Rorros La Perrona De Sacramento performed for hundreds of students.

Cesar Ramos Castillo

Cesar Ramos Castillo is a fourth year Sacramento student and member of the Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity.

“We’re celebrating Mexican Independence Day,” he said. “Whenever we have the chance we like to bring the community in for a good time and celebrating Mexican independence.”

Natalie Soto

Natalie Soto said she came to the event with friends to honor her family and to support Mexico from Sacramento. She said she thought some students would feel a sense of togetherness at the event when being away at college can bring about some homesickness.

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