80,000 people attended the Zocalo, this September 15, 2019, in the Center of Mexico City, to give together the Grito of Independence and celebrate the 209 years during which Mexico has existed as a Sovereign Nation.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for whom this has been his first Grito, presided over the event from the traditional balcony of the National Palace. A difference with previous leaders is that the list of "VIVA" in his Grito was 20, the longest in history, where he claims the participation and importance of people and meanings, which culminated with 3 long ¡Viva Mexico!
The list of the 20 alive "was the following: La Independencia, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, José María Morelos y Pavón, Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez, Ignacio Allende, Leona Vicario, The Mothers and Fathers of our Homeland, The Anonymous Heroes, The Heroic People of Mexico, Indigenous communities, La Libertad, La Justicia, La Democracia, Our sovereignty, Universal fraternity, La Paz, The cultural wealth of Mexico, Long live Mexico !, Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico!
Another detail, including the native communities in the celebration, was the participation of the CECAM Mixe Band (Center for Musical Training and Development of the Mixe Culture), a band composed of people from the State of Oaxaca who, at the foot from the balcony of the National Palace, they played emblematic musical pieces such as the Huapango de Moncayo, Mixteca Song and other typical and representative sounds and syrups of Mexican culture.
As is tradition, at the end of the Grito, shortly after the President made the bell sounds, the fireworks show began, which flooded the sky with the excitement of lights and festive smoke.
However, in some places it was decided to celebrate without pyrotechnics, in order to avoid accidents, which have increased, and not to disturb the pets, as it has been shown that they suffer with the sound of explosions. In its place there were, in some places, light games, laser beams or some other more environmentally friendly show. These places were the Mayor of Tláhuac in Mexico City, Tulum in Quintana Roo, several mayors in Monterrey and Nuevo León among which are San Nicolás, San Pedro and Santa Catarina.