20 de Noviembre – Revolution Day in Mexico

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On Tuesday, November 20th, Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Revolution of 1910 to 1920. On this date, in the year 1910, the war to overthrow the dictator Porfirio Díaz, began. General Porfirio Díaz had been in power in Mexico for more than 30 years, from 1876-1911.

Between 1910 and 1920, there were several battles throughout the country. This period also produced the Mexican Constitution of 1917.

November 20th is marked with bazaars, parades and civic ceremonies throughout the country. In cities and towns throughout Mexico, schoolchildren dress up as revolutionaries and participate in local parades.

This year in La Paz, Monday the 21st will be a government holiday: banks, government offices and some businesses will be closed. Schools in La Paz will also be honoring Revolution Day on Monday, the 21st – a long weekend for everyone!

On Sunday, the 20th, the usual festivities includes a morning parade along the malecón here in La Paz. School aged kids will be on floats dressed up as revolutionaries, bands will be playing music and dance troops will be making choreographed formations. Shouts of “Viva la Revolución!” and “Viva Mexico!” can be heard. It usually starts at 9:00 am and runs an hour or two long, starting at the corner of Allende and the malecon.

Photo courtesy of Jeanne Walker

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