Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 16, 2021

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Why does it run from September 15 to October 15? September 15 was chosen because it is the anniversary of independence of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, who all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21 respectively.

Since today is Mexican Independence Day, we feature this photo from the Mexican Independence Day Parade in St. Paul 50 years ago. The parade itself was held on Friday, September 17, 1971.