Huízar scholarship ceremony at Nov. 2016 East LA Classic. Photo ffrom José Huízar Twitter.

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Tonight, on the the eve of Mexican Independence Day, my father will stand in front of his 60-inch television, chest high, with his right hand erected across his heart, singing El Himno Nacional de Mexico along with thousands of other Mexican patriots that stand before him on the tv screen.

That’s one way to ring in “El Grito.” Here are a few other local celebrations that run through the weekend:

El Grito Celebration at El Pueblo de Los Angeles (commonly referred to as Placita Olvera)
Festivities begin Thursday and run through the weekend with live music, dancing, and entertainment, as well as games, art exhibits and much more.
Thursday Sept. 15– 5:00 pm through Sunday, Sept. 18
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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El Grito 2011 at Mariach Plaza
The Boyle Heights Farmers Market will host this year’s celebrations with vendors, musical performances, contests, food, and fun for the whole family (a second farmers market occurs every Sunday, same place 12-6pm)
Friday, Sept.16– 2:00pm-10pm
1831 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
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Grito in the Garden at Proyecto Jardin
This Boyle Heights community garden hosts a camp out for all members of the food growers collective as well as community friends and family. Bring a tent or sleep under the stars for a night of music, dance and movement, and cosecha del jardin.
Friday, Sept. 16–5:00pm to Saturday, Sept 17- 8:00 am
1718 Bridge St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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