Tomorrow is Mexican Independence Day, and preparations for the huge party are underway all over town. I am sitting right in the middle of the place where the war for Mexican independence from Spain started, the state of Guanajuato.
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the Catholic priest who called the Indians and mestizos to arms, did so in Dolores, now Dolores Hidalgo, just a few miles north of here. Ignacia Allende, the Creole Army officer who joined him, was from Querétaro, just a few miles south of here. The third character in the drama was the Virgin of Quadalupe, the saint who is a woman of color, and I expect to see a good deal of her in the next 48 hours here in San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel de Allende is therefore a perfect location to observe the day.
The party is on tonight when at midnight all Mexico joins the President in Hidalgo's cry to the Indians to take up arms, Mexicanos, Vive México! If my experience so far is any indication, it is going to be loud.