San Miguel de Allende Celebrates El Grito
Every year at 11 PM on September 15th, Mexicans from all over the country gather in their principle plazas (it's the Zocalo in Mexico City
) to hear El Grito (the cry to take up arms against the Spanish). San Miguelenses and tourists, who come to this UNESCO World Heritage city to celebrate the holiday, gather in the Jardin, home of the iconic Parroquia, and listen to the mayor deliver El Grito from a balcony at the home of Ignacio Allende, native son and hero of the Mexican War of Independence that started in nearby Dolores Hidalgo. Following the crowd's third "Viva Mexico!" in response to the mayor's shout, the Jardin erupts with an amazing display of pyrotechnics, including whirligigs and other treats rigged to castillos (towers) and breath taking fireworks shot from surrounding rooftops.