Garden City Community Fiesta returning for 91st year

Garden City’s Community Mexican Fiesta will mark 91 years this weekend, and people throughout southwest Kansas are invited to celebrate with the theme of “Somos Un Pueblo” —“Were Are One Town”

The celebration is planned for Friday and Saturday.

“People began immigrating to Garden City from Mexico more than 100 years ago,” said Angelica Castillo Chappel, Fiesta president. “The ethic of hard work, strong faith and devotion to family and community has been passed down from generation to generation, just like the tradition of this celebration.”

The Mexican Independence Day observance, also celebrated in locations across the U.S., has included a parade each year in Garden City since 1928, a fiesta queen crowning that has taken place annually since 1929 and a scholarship pageant connected to the crowning that is marking its 13th anniversary.

Castillo Chappel said the celebration is based on a cry for freedom on Sept. 16, 1810, known as “el grito,” and attributed to Father Miguel Hidalgo in the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato. Hidalgo called for equal rights, land redistribution, abolition of slavery and Mexican independence from Spain. Today, that cry is celebrated on or near the date of Sept. 16 by millions of people in Mexico, as well as the U.S.

(Read more: News – The Garden City Telegram)