Cancun, Q.R. — At precisely 11:00 p.m. Saturday night, President Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by his wife Angélica Rivera, waved the national flag from the Central Balcony of the National Palace for the Grito de Independencia.
The Cry of Independence was given in front of thousands in the capital’s Zócalo as the current president shouted for the sixth and last time during his administration.
“Mexicans, live the heroes that gave us homeland and freedom. Live Hidalgo! Long live! Live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez! Long live! Live Aldama! Long live Galeana! Long live Matamoros! Long live National Independence!”
Upon completion of the cry, the national anthem rang through the city, commemorating the start of Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16.
In Quintana Roo, similar celebrations were witnessed by thousands more as Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin led the Grito de Independencia ceremony in the state’s capital city of Chetumal.
In front of a crowd of more than 10,000 Carlos Joaquin also waved the national flag, rang the bell and harangued the heroes of the homeland at the Government Palace. He was accompanied by his wife Gabriela Rejón de Joaquín, his children Carlos and Miguel, and his mother Mrs. Delmi González.
United in a voice, locals sang the Mexican national anthem before fireworks illuminated the Explanada de la Bandera and la Bahía de Chetumal.
In Cancun, mayor Remberto Estrada Barba also performed his patriotic duties in front of thousands with the waving of the flag and la Grito de Independencia.
For Sunday, the official Day of Independence, the City Council of Benito Juárez says they will have several central roadways closed for the Civic-Military parade, which will be held along Bonampak Avenue.
The Municipal Traffic Director, Rodrigo Alcázar Urrutia, says vehicular traffic will be closed on Avenida Bonampak at the junction with Av. Coba as well as Bonampak Avenue with Lopez Portillo, Av. Uxmal (the entrance to Puerto Cancún), with Av. García de la Torre and Av. Chichén Itzá.
Residents are being advised to use Tulum Avenue as an alternative. More than 50 police will be on hand to help ensure the safe flow of traffic.