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A giant free Mexican fiesta is happening in Vancouver next month

Mexican fiesta
Mexican Independence Day fiesta is happening in Vancouver on Sept. 15 from 2-9 p.m. with food trucks, Mariachi, dancing and more.

Who's ready for a fiesta?

This huge, free festival is bringing Mexico to Vancouver with Mariachi, dancing, food trucks and more. 

The fiesta is taking over the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on September 15 from 2 to 9 p.m. and is free for everyone to join as the community celebrates Mexican Independence Day. 

Along with dancing and music from Mariachi, DJs, singers, and dance groups, there will also be the traditional "Mexican call for independence" speech by the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver. 

The Consul will recreate the speech given by Miguel Hidalgo to the Mexican people on September 16, 1810, calling all Mexicans to fight for freedom. "The speech is so passionate, that it gives you goosebumps even if you don't understand a word in Spanish," says Elsa Reynoso, who is helping organize the event. 

Games, arts and crafts, and a piñata party will be available for children and Mexican food trucks will bring flavour to the festival, including tacos, quesadillas, huarache, tamales, nachos, and the traditional Mexican 'corn in a cup' topped with cheese and mayonnaise. 

Mexican Independence Day

When: September 15 from 2-9 p.m.

Where: Roundhouse Community Centre - 181 Roundhouse Mews

Cost: Free admission