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The festival draws hundreds each year, and kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month.

COURTESY PHOTO: CENTRO CULTURAL  - The third annual El Grito Community Festival will be hosted on Saturday, Sept. 14.Summer may be coming to an end, but festivities across Washington County are just getting

started.

The annual event, El Grito Community Festival, is expected to draw thousands of people. The festival is seen as a jumpstart to Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The celebration was held in Cornelius for decades, but it moved to Shute Park in 2018.

The festival serves as a celebration not only of Mexican Independence Day, which is Monday, Sept. 16, but as a chance to put Latino culture on display, according to organizers.

Each September, the president of Mexico rings the bell in the Mexican National Palace to commemorate the beginning of Mexico's war for independence from Spain in 1810. The symbolic act is done in remembrance of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest who rang the bell of his church in Dolores, a small town in what is now the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, starting a call to arms.

COURTESY PHOTO: CENTRO CULTURAL  - Thousands are expected to participate in the event, which kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month. Live music, dancing, activities, regional food and a traditional "El Grito" ceremony will be on display at Shute Park throughout the day on Saturday. All ages are welcome to attend.

This year's event is headlined by Quinto Extremo, a Portland-based band.

Mariachi bands from the Hillsboro and Forest Grove school districts will perform at the beginning of the event, which starts officially at 3 p.m. The El Grito ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m.


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