By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Santa Ana’s 34th annual Fiestas Patrias celebration, commemorating Mexico’s independence, takes place this weekend. More than 265,000 people are expected to attend.
What: Music, food, games, rides, beer garden. Headliners include Jorge Meza y su Tropicolombia at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday and Reyli on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
When: Noon-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16.
EL GRITO CEREMONY
What: The traditional El Grito ceremony, recalling the call for independence from Spain by Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday. In Mexico, the ceremony is typically held the evening of Sept. 15.
Who: Mexican Consul Alejandra Garcia Williams.
Where: Main stage, Fourth and French streets.
What: The Fiestas Patrias parade begins at 15th and Main streets and proceeds south on Main before turning on Civic Center Drive toward Santa Ana Stadium. More than 50,000 are expected to watch it. It features 61 units, some with multiple elements.
When: 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Grand marshals: Adriana La Morenita de California, who also performs on Saturday at 7:40 p.m.; and Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Fiestas Patrias information: callecuatro.com.
OC FILM FIESTA
Santa Ana’s OC Film Fiesta wraps up with screenings Friday through Sunday. Admission is free.
“The Greenhorns,” a documentary on young farm families, 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 North Sycamore St.
“Tin Tan,” a documentary on Mexican entertainer German Cipriano Gomez Valdes Castillo, 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
“Brilliant Soil,” a documentary on a Purepecha potter named Herlinda, 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, The Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St.
“El Santo en el museo de cera,” (“El Santo in the Wax Museum”), a movie in which the masked wrestler investigates a series of kidnappings, 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
“Tales of Masked Men,” a documentary about Mexican wrestling, 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
OC Film Fiesta information: ocfilmfiesta.org.