Independence Lights

I recently received an email, via Flickr (where else?) from CNN. September is Independence Month throughout a fair number of Latin American countries, and CNN wanted to feature one of my old photos for their CNN Celebrates series, via iReport. I have to be honest, it’s far from the best photo I ever took of a Mexican Independence Day. But if they like it, then who am I to argue. I added a few world to the photo. Whether they are ever printed I do not know. So I put the appropriate effort into the draft. That’s to say, not much. Anyway, I now have a CNN profile and iReport page….

Mexico City is full of colour at any time of year. But September brings a burst of reds whites and greens that cover the city in cloth flags, plastic bunting and sparkling lights. There’s a buzz in the air as Independence Day approaches. Come the middle of the month, the country unconditionally unites to cheer to El Grito – the shout of independence. Nowhere in the city do the lights shine brighter, the crowds grow larger or are the cheers shouted louder than in the Zocalo, the huge central square in the heart of the metropolis.

12 thoughts on “Independence Lights

        1. Bizarre. I do exist, I promise. Even though I may sometimes appear to be a fictitious creation of the Mexican tourist board designed to promote the country.

          Please do try again. Did you send the first to gmail or outlook? Try the other.

          I have been eagerly awaiting news on your blog of any toys you may have splashed out on…

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  1. I fondly remember our evening with you, Mrs. P, F, and F’s sister in the Zócalo where we spent El Día de Independencia del Bicentenario in 2010. I also have lots of fantastic pictures from that evening.

    Perhaps you want to send CNN my way too?

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we are thinking it’d be nice to spend 9/16 in the Zócalo this year. But it probably won’t happen.

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