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Residents and visitors celebrate Mexico’s Grito de Independencia

Cancun, Q.R. — Along with local residents, more than 100,000 tourists are in the state for the national holiday, El Grito de Independencia. According the State Secretariat of Tourism figures, there are currently 103,424 tourists in the state of Quintana Roo.

Governor Carlos Joaquin from the Chetumal balcony

For the holiday, the traditional Grito de Dolores was shouted from the balcony of the Government Palace in Chetumal Wednesday night by Governor Carlos Joaquín. A tradition that was carried out in every municipality across the country.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador waves the flag in Mexico City

In Mexico City, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also did the same as millions watched from their televisions again this year, a year that marked the country’s 211 year of independence.

Only a handful of dignitaries and their families attended the event

On Wednesday in Quintana Roo, the head of the Ministry of Finance and Planning Yohanet Torres Muñoz said “despite the pandemic, the CCXI 211th Anniversary of the Start of the Fight for the Independence of Mexico will be celebrated in a commemoration with very few public attending.”

Fireworks over an empty plaza in Mexico City

A virtual ceremony was held with state executives who flew the Mexican Flag and rang the bell. Both residents and tourists were able to watch the events live on television.