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Date:
September 15, 2017
Time:
4:00 PM
Time Details:
Times vary for each day.
Location:
Fort Madison's Old Santa Fe Town
Address:
34th Street & Avenue Q
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Contact:
800-210-TOUR (8687)
Email:
Cost:
Cost for carnival & food vendors

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Fort Madison's Annual Mexican Fiesta

Friday, September 15

On the morning of September 16, 1810, the parish priest of the town of Dolores, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, declared himself in open revolt against Spanish rule from the pulpit of his church, launching the Mexican War of Independence. He exhorted his following to take up arms and join him in his fight against the injustices of the Spanish colonial system and within moments he had an army of some 600 men. This action became known as the "Grito de Dolores" or "Cry of Dolores" and today Mexicans celebrate September 16 as their Independence Day.