Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta (September 15 & 16, 2012) on the Mesilla Plaza

The celebration kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. along Avenida de Mesilla Saturday, September 15. The fiesta begins at noon and runs until 10 p.m. Saturday, and again from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge.

The parade will begin in the Mercado area and will continue to 4 Points Cotton Gin. The parade is themed 100 Years of Statehood, in honor of New Mexico’s centennial year.

Vendor booths will line the plaza offering a variety of products. Historical memorabilia will be on display at Yannes Hall for local families to enjoy. Children will have several activities to choose from, including amusement rides provided by Playtime Amusement, piñatas and the greased pole climb, sponsored by Andele Restaurant in Old Mesilla.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre, the 16th of September, marks the launch of Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain. On Sept. 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo de Costilla led the first large revolutionary forces against the Spaniards. The holiday is similar to July 4 in the United States of America. The celebration in Mesilla began in the late 1800s and ran through 1980. There was no fiesta held for 10 years until it was revived in 1990 and has been held every year since then.

Alcohol, smoking and pets are not allowed on the plaza. Attendees may bring folding chairs for their convenience. Information from Town of Mesilla website. Go Here For Updated Information: www.mesilla-nm.us/visitor-info/