Hundreds attend Las Vegas' celebration of Mexican holiday

LAS VEGAS (AP) " Visitors came from as far away as Mexico City to experience a Mexican Independence Day celebration in Las Vegas.

More than 300 people showed up for Thursday's 90-minute "Grito de Dolores" event, which featured Mariachi artists, trumpeters and violinists at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

A woman in a homemade Mexican-flag-themed vest told the Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/2cd8gXA ) that she, her husband and two friends have celebrated the holiday in Las Vegas for the last five years. The woman, 40-year-old Jessica Gamez, says they travel from Monterrey, Mexico, for the festivities.

Mexico's Independence Day is celebrated on September 16. On that date in 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla led a rebellion against the imperialists from Spain in the small city of Dolores.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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