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'Viva Mexico!' Over 10K turn out to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day at Penn's Landing

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OLD CITY - Almost 13,000 people packed Penn’s Landing to enjoy everything about that beautiful country down south and celebrate Mexico’s independence.Southwest Philadelphia resident Gloria Velazquez declared, "We are very happy we are very proud to be Mexican and American, too.

We are proud!"Pride in the heritage, culture and people of the neighbor to the south. That’s the theme people at the event spoke of repeatedly, at the celebration of 212 years of Mexico’s independence.MORE HEADLINES:"Yes, it’s very beautiful to see a lot of children, a lot of grown-ups to come and enjoy this party and for this new generation to know more about all our different countries," said Velazquez."I think it’s lovely.

This initiative is amazing! I feel very connected to my community, to my values, to my culture. The food is amazing, so yeah I’m enjoying it," said Elvira Ramirez, who was born in Mexico."Oh it’s amazing!

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