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Hundreds Attend Las Vegas’ Celebration of Mexican Holiday

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors came from as far away as Mexico City to experience a Mexican Independence Day celebration in Las Vegas.

More than 300 people showed up for Thursday’s 90-minute “Grito de Dolores” event, which featured Mariachi artists, trumpeters and violinists at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

A woman in a homemade Mexican-flag-themed vest told the Las Vegas Sun that she, her husband and two friends have celebrated the holiday in Las Vegas for the last five years. The woman, 40-year-old Jessica Gamez, says they travel from Monterrey, Mexico, for the festivities.

Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 16. On that date in 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla led a rebellion against the imperialists from Spain in the small city of Dolores.

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