We are lucky in Todos Santos to have many festivals, parades, and events throughout the year, but, without doubt, the biggest night of them all celebrates the Día de Independencia - Mexican Independence Day.
While the actual Independence Day is September 16, the celebration begins the night before with a grand party in the main plaza. The Mission is dressed up in a light show, food stands made of palm fronds appear so you can feast on authentic and delicious churros, tamales, and pozole (just to name a few), you can play Mexican Bingo, vote for the queen of Todos Santos, and watch the dance and music troops performing on stage.
The night culminates around 11pm with the infamous El Grito - literally "the yell." The yell is a call-and-response between the speaker and the audience, mimicking the yell from Hidalgo in 1810, encouraging the people to revolt against the Spanish colonial government.
In Todos Santos, this year's yell was led by Esthela Ponce, the Presidenta Municipal de La Paz (akin to the Mayor). She yelled and we spiritedly responded:
Viva el Pueblo Mágico de Todos Santos!
Yes indeed, Viva Mexico!