Mexico turns another year older this week, on September 15th “el Grito” (the scream) for independence marks the beginning of the celebrations across Mexico. And if you are lucky enough to be in Puerto Vallarta, here is how to celebrate.
“El Grito” in Downtown Puerto Vallarta
Most villages, towns, and cities across Mexico reenact “el Grito.” Political leaders might say a few words, but it’s the screams of “Viva Mexico!,” and the ringing of the bells people come to hear. The sounds signify Mexico’s original cry for independence in 1810.
In downtown, you can witness the events unfold under the in the Main Balcony of the Municipal Palace. Immediately after the ceremony (begins about 10:45) and the 11pm “El Grito” spectators will hear a rendition of the national anthem followed by fireworks.
The Mariachi of Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta resides in the state of Jalisco, the home to the Mariachi. And that means you can find plenty to entertain you all weekend long.
On the charming cobblestone streets of zona romantica and on the sands of one of the more popular beaches,’playa del los muertos” they will be out in the “independence best.” For a few patriotic recommendations, you can see the Mariachi in Puerto Vallarta post from earlier this year.
A Tequila Toast to Independence
Just like the Mariachi, Tequila calls Jalisco home too. Translation – there is plenty of Tequila. And plenty of choices too. From the major commercial brands to more local “boutique” producers the silver, repasado, and anejo options seem endless. Even the smaller liquor stores will offer a plethora of choices and never be afraid to ask for a taste if they haven’t offered you one already.
But, I am not going to tell you what Tequila to try, (a future post), but I will advise you that this is the day you open that special bottle. Whether a gift from a friend, or the aged anejo you’ve always wanted to splurge on, this is the right occasion.
So, Happy Independence Day to Mexico this week. I’ll be doing my part and toasting you a tequila from the states. Viva Mexico!
Photos: El Grito Courtesy of Wikipedia, the Mariachi and Tequila are from Craig Zabransky