On the 213th anniversary of its independence, Mexico celebrated with a grand display of fireworks, a lively parade, and uplifting music. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador delivered his penultimate “El Grito de Independencia” in the heart of Mexico City, and in a symbolic gesture, he included migrants in the traditional “vivas.”

The festivities began with an impressive army parade that marched through the streets of Mexico City, showcasing the nation’s pride.

The President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces conducted a roll call of the troops in the military-civic parade.

The main stage in Zócalo Square came alive with a vibrant mix of musicians and dancers who captivated the audience before the much-anticipated performance by Grupo Frontera.

The highlight of the evening was when thousands of people gathered in the iconic Zócalo Square of the capital city. With bated breath, they awaited “El Grito,” the traditional cry of independence, which signified the beginning of the nation’s struggle for freedom.

In a significant gesture, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who was celebrating his penultimate year in office, incorporated migrants in the heartfelt “vivas” that echoed through the square.

People attend “The Shout” (El Grito) ceremony marking the start of Independence Day celebrations at Zocalo square in Mexico City.  (Claudio Cruz, AFP)

Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, they honor the tradition and express national pride.