Hattiesburg holds first annual El Grito Festival

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With Mexico's Independence Day being two days away, the First Annual Hub City El Grito Festival was held on Saturday.

Grito de Dolores, translated as the Cry of Dolores, celebrates the launch of the Mexican fight for independence against Spain in 1810.

Dozens of residents took part in the celebration of Mexican heritage, which was held at Town Square Park. The event included live music, several booth vendors, and plenty of food.

"There's not that many festivities that celebrate the Mexican culture and embrace the Latino culture so I figured this was a way to get the community involved and show that there's productive and positive members in the community that are Hispanic and that are proud of their heritage," said event organizer, Carlos Molina.

El Grito Festival was sponsored by Keg and Barrel, Southern Prohibition Brewery, La Mexicana, La Fiesta Brava, La Bamba, Walnut Circle Grill, and La Noticia de Mississippi.

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