El Grito is the largest fully-Latino owned, organized, and executed event in the Northwest.
Every September 16th, Mexico observes its Independence Day. The night of September 15th was when Father Hidalgo rang his church bell and called upon everyone to fight for liberty. The resulting war against the Spanish lasted for 10 years, with Mexico eventually winning its independence. This call, El Grito, is re-enacted throughout every town in Mexico, as well as many other parts around the world. In Portland, thousands of people gather to celebrate this historical event and to watch Mexico’s consul general, Francisco Maass Peña, relive the civic ceremony of the Declaration of Independence. This is the most important Mexican holiday of the year.
The festival counts with some of the best local authentic food with vendors providing a wide range of Mexican traditional dishes, including some of the best tacos in town and bar with great beverages, including Mexican-inspired Northwest beer.
In addition to the food, the celebration will include folkloric dances, live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, interactive community booths with resources, health screenings, participation of elected officials, and much more! The El Grito celebration is made possible by Lara Media Services and Mandos Mundo Entertainment.