Lawrence Elementary School hosted a celebration for Mexican Independence Day Friday that included music, dancing and even a singer from the Spainish-version of "American Idol."
For the past four years, Heritage and Lawrence Elementary Schools have taken turns hosting a community festival celebrating Mexican Independence Day.
This year, Lawrence was the site for food, a mini soccer tournament, folklorico ballet and mariachi music.
Independence Day is officially observed each Sept. 16 to celebrate Mexico's independence from Spanish rule.
But Francisco Trujillo, a site coordinator for Communtiy Partnership for Families, said Friday's event was more about breaking cultural and ethnic barriers and enjoying good food and entertainment than Mexican nationalism.
The celebration on Friday afternoon was sponsored by many organizations and volunteers, including First 5 of San Joaquin, Community Partnership for Families and the MOLE Group.
Entertainment and activities included the Joe Serna Jr. Charter School band, a Ballet Folklorico, a mini soccer tournament and the "Los Tapatios" mariachi group. Also, Sacramento native Patricia Mercado performed. She appeared on "Objectivo Farma," Puerto Rico's version of "American Idol."
First published: Saturday, September 16, 2006