By Alicia Neaves
PRESIDIO/OJINAGA - Celebrations in honor of Mexican Independence Day have already begun, with events being held in Presidio and Ojinaga, Chihuahua. NewsWest 9 attended both events, and brings you the sights and sounds.
"We experienced slavery. Up until the day Hidalgo declared our Independence. To free us from slavery. Which is why today, we are free," Ojinaga visitor, Juan Medina Tarango, said.
Residents and visitors from outside the West Texas region gathered this evening on both sides of the borderto celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Presidio in Daly Park, and across the border at the Zocalo Municipal in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.
"There's gonna be music, mariachi's will be here in a few minutes. Every year, they celebrate Mexican Independence Day here, to remember the Revolution," Ojinaga resident, Israel Martinez, said.
Some vendors even make this day a tradition.
"We sell everything and anything to do with Mexican Independence Day," Vendor and Mexico City native, Hilaudio Brovaudio, said.
"We have a clothing expo happening right now which we do every year on this day. We sell clothes, purses, shoes," Coordinator of a five-day clothing expo in Ojinaga, Gabriela Sanchez, said.
"There's boots, belts, pants, shirts for men, women and babies alike. So everyone can participate in the "Grito" in style," Co-Coordinator of five-day expo in Ojinaga, Manuel Ortiz, said.
But possibly, the moment most look forward to, the famous "El Grito", to remember the day the Mexican people declared their independence.
"I've come here for years to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The Mayor of Ojinaga will spearhead the famous "Grito" tonight in Ojinaga," Tarango said.
Events will continue on through Tuesday, September 16th.