Local bell to play special role at West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Celebration
WEST CHICAGO – A bell owned by a West Chicago resident will be at the center of the city's upcoming Mexican Independence Day Celebration, which will feature a reenactment of "El Grito de la Independencia," or "The Cry for Independence."
"El Grito" commemorates the ringing of church bells the morning of Sept. 16, 1810, to signal Mexico's independence from Spain. A priest rang the bells after the release of pro-independence inmates from jail by a group of Mexican patriots, starting the revolt against Spanish rule.
Since 1992, West Chicago has used a bell owned by resident Lorenzo Covarrubias for its own Independence Day celebration. Covarrubias, who has lived in West Chicago since 1957, is known as the "Patron de la Campana," or "Patron of the Bell."
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