Entertainment | September 2009
|2009 Fiestas Patrias in Puerto Vallarta|
September 05, 2009
September is the month when Mexico celebrates Fiestas Patrias, or Mexican Independence with the Grito of "Viva Mexico!" This year marks the 199th Anniversary of Mexico's Independence, and here in Puerto Vallarta there's plenty of entertainment and activities going on almost every night from September 6th through 16th in the Plaza Principal and on the Malecón.
2009 Puerto Vallarta Fiestas Patrias Schedule of Events
Sunday, September 6
8 pm: Coronation of the Queen of Fiestas Patrias 2009, Presidencia Municipal City Hall
Monday, September 7
7 pm: Second Municipal Forum of Independence, CECATUR Auditorium - A free presentation exploring the history behind the nation's independence, along with historical myths and realities and amusing anecdotes for everyone who wants to learn more about Mexico’s history.
Saturday, September 12
9 pm: Coronation of Queen of the Fiestas Patrias in Las Palmas
11:30 pm: Coronation of Queen of the Fiestas Patrias de Ixtapa
Sunday, September 13
Anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec Castle
9 am: Civic ceremony to honor the Boy Heroes of Chapultepec. Roll call, wreath and honor guard in the main square of Pitillal.
9 pm: Coronation of Queen of the Fiestas Patrias of Las Juntas
11 pm: Coronation of Queen of the Fiestas Patrias of Pitillal
Monday, September 14
Día Nacional de la Charrería
11 am: Traditional Charro Parade with La Unión de Asociaciones de Charros de Puerto Vallarta beginning at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, then following Av. Ignacio L Vallarta to Paseo Días Ordáz and Av. México, before continuing on to El Pitillal
1 pm: Charro Parade along the main street of El Pitillal
Tuesday, September 15
199th Anniversary of "El Grito de Independencia"
8 am: Flag Raising Ceremony - the Mexican flag will be hoisted by members of the 8th Zona Naval, Plaza de la Bandera, (entrance to the U. Sports Agustín Flores Contreras)
12 pm: 155th Anniversary of Mexican National Anthem - Banderas Bay area school children, civil authorities, naval and military personnel, tourists, city employees and the general public will sing Mexico's national anthem in celebration of the first time that it was sung.
6 pm: Sign up to take part in one - or all - of the Traditional Games and Competitions on the Malecón. Participants must register at each race's starting point before the event begins.
6:15 pm: Carrera de Meseros - The Waiter's Race, from the Cabalito sculpture to Los Arcos is free and open to all ages and genders.
6:30 pm: Carrera De Encostalados - The sack race, from the Caballito del Mar sculpture to Los Arcos is free and open to all ages and genders.
7 pm: Palo Encebado - The greased pole climb on the beach at the Malecón is free and open to high school students only.
7:30 pm: ¡Gran Noche Mexicana! - The Queen of Fiestas Patrias Vallarta 2009 and her court will be presented to the people of Vallarta, along with a grand fiesta with performances by Cancion Ranchera and the Ballet Folkloric Xiutla.
10:45 pm: Flag Ceremony of the Municipal President - members of the Mexican Army will present the national flag to Francisco Javier Bravo Carbajal for the El Grito ceremony.
10:55 pm: Independence Day Speech - José Emigdio Hurtado Rolon will read the Act of Independence and Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s speech from the City Hall balcony.
11 pm: Traditional El Grito Ceremony - Puerto Vallarta Mayor Francisco Javier Bravo Carbajal will deliver "El Grito," reenacting the historic cry for independence from the City Hall balcony.
11:30 pm: Castillos and Fireworks at Los Arcos on the Malecón.
11:35 pm: Baile Popular - Public Street Dance in Puerto Vallarta's Main Square and on the Malecón
Wednesday, September 16 - National Holiday
199th Anniversary of Mexico's War of Independence
10 am: Traditional civic and military parade, through the main streets of Puerto Vallarta, starting at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas and ending at Ley's
7 pm: Fiesta Mexicana at Los Arcos Amphitheater with performances by Mariachis, popular singers and the Ballet Folkloric Xiutla.
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