Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mexican Independence Day in Cancun- Viva Mexico!

Mexican Independence Day, a time to wave the old red, white and green, paint your face with the colours of the patria, eat chiles en nogada and shout out loud the pride one has in Mexico at the annual "El Grito" ceremony. People in every pueblo and city will gather in the "zocalos" (town squares) to hear the speeches given by the politicians and join their countrymen in shouting "Viva Mexico!" Others will gather with friends in a restaurant or bar or join their families in private celebrations. Much tequila will be drunk, politics will be discussed, the TV will be tuned to the president's speech and children will be told tales of Mexican history.

President Calderon delivering "El Grito" in Mexico City 2010

Cancun may not be a town of history, we don't have a "zocalo" or ancient cathedral, but that doesn't mean we don't celebrate the occasion. "El Grito" will be given at City Hall by the mayor, the decorations have been up for a while and preparations are well under way for the event. News sources say that popular Mexican singer Pablo Montero will be performing at the main event (in 2001 he serenaded Laura Bush on the White House lawn) and he is sure to please the crowds with other artists such as Celso Piña, king of cumbia! 

If you are going to be in Cancun for the big day (September 15th of course), here is a short list of some places you may celebrate if you are not up for the crowds at the official "El Grito". (A huge shout of gratitude to "Cancun Foros" for the information!)

Restaurante Los de Jalisco. From midday on Sept. 15 to 4 am Sept 16th they will be serving traditional pozole and a lively atmosphere. Located on Avenida Luciernaga Esquina Granadillo, Supermanzana 500, behind IMSS  Avenida Nichupte. Info  9981-193363.
Carlos’n Charlie’s, Cancún (Hotel Zone): Sept. 15 everyone is invited to "scream all they want" at this popular tourist bar. They will have a Mexican "kermes" (fair) with esquites (corn dish) and cotton candy, games of skill, Mariachi and dancing with "Las Adelitas". Reservations are recommended tel. 883-4468.
Restaurante Paloma Bonita (Hotel zone).-  One of the most well known Mexican restaurants in Cancun, they will be serving a traditional Mexican menu for the festive day. (They are offering a 20% discount for Cancunenses too). Reservations 848-7000. Located beside hotel Dreams Cancun.
Señor Frog’s Cancún (Hotel zone): The “Unplugged” party with live bands and mariachis, and an "all inclusive" package for 350 pesos (three course meal, open bar and pozole for the next day) Reservations 883-3454.
Fiesta Mexicana Hoteles Be Live: Los hoteles Be Live Viva Beach y Be Live Grand Viva Beach estarán ofreciendo en sus instalaciones una Fiesta Mexicana que entre otras cosas incluirán: Música y Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, Comida Típica Mexicana, Mariachi, Postres, antojitos y juegos. Todo esto desde $ 350.00 pesos por persona y los niños tienen un 50% de descuento. Para mayores informes y reservaciones comunicate a los telefonos 848-7600 ext. 2844 de 9m a 6pm.
Restaurante La Joya (Hotel Zone).- Located in the Fiesta Americana Hotel at km 9.5, they will be holding a "Gala Night" with a dinner of traditional Mexican dishes and desserts. There will be shows with live music (mariachis of course) and an "El Grito" ceremony. Reservations and info 881-3200 Ext. 3380.
Barezzito.- This HOT nightclub in downtown Cancun is offering "tacos for everyone all night long!", live music, a Luis Miguel impersonator and lots of surprises. Cover 300 pesos for men, 150 pesos for women. Info 889-9966.
Bubba Gump.- "Parrillada Especial" ("Special Grill) plus five beers for 295 pesos and you can party like Forrest.  Info and reservations 885-3010.
La Cantinita.- This is one of the most popular downtown restaurant/bars in Cancun, located in front of Plaza de Toros. For Sept. 15th they are offering dinner and a show with the bes of Pedro Fernandez, 400 pesos per person. Reservations 209-1370.
Hotel Ixchel, Isla Mujeres.- This lovely beach hotel on Isla Mujeres is offering packages from 625 pesos (2 night minimum) which includes standard room and a Mexican dinner on Sept. 15th. Reservations and info: 01800-717-0911.
Mexican Celebration at Sea.- Sail from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, enjoy a buffet dinner, open bar, games and a folklore show with Caribbean Carnaval.  The ship sets sail from Playa Tortugas at 8:30 Sept. 15th. Reservations and info: 884-3760.
Servicio a Domicilio de Chiles en Nogada: If you don't feel like leaving the house (or cooking!), you can order authentic chiles en nogada (they promise to use the original recipe!) Call to order 9981 53 4542 o al 9981 421214.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, take a moment to reflect on all things positive about Mexico, the battles the country has fought and the pride in this great land. Viva Mexico!

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Anonymous said...

I'm telling my friends about Barezzito! Tacos and Luis Miguel? Yes, please!

craig said...

Carlos n Charlies... I have not been there in years... And if I was in town, I'd be lured by the Esquites... that stuff is delish.

stay adventurous, Craig

CancunCanuck said...

Laura and Craig, what did you end up doing?

I was home alone reeking of Vicks and drinking cough syrup, haha. Viva(cofcofcof)...... :D

Nancy said...

Nice post, sounds like there was a lot going on! We went out to dinner but stood in the window to watch the fireworks after the grito, which was just a couple blocks away. Then we listened to thousands of people hooting and hollering and starting their cars, etc. Not a good night for sleeping, but one for shouting Viva México!

Hope you feel better soon!

CancunCanuck said...

Nancy, Sept 15/16 are definitely not "sleepy" nights, haha. Glad you had a good evening!

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