Mexico's Independence day is drawing near! Which could only mean a huge celebration in old Mesilla!

I love the fall because I know I get to look forward to Diez y Seis de Septiembre! The festivities begin with a parade at 11am on Saturday with floats, equestrian units, marching bands, color guards, spirit squads, antique vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks and more! The parade participants traditionally throw candy for kids along the one mile parade route, beginning in the Mercado area at Calle de Mercado and Avenida de Mesilla, and ending at Four Points Gin at Union Avenue and Avenida de Mesilla.

The two-day celebration runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday on Mesilla's Plaza.

About 30 vendor booths surround the Mesilla Plaza full art, crafts, games, drinks and food. And you can't forget the traditional entertainment with mariachi music and folklorico dancers!

There will also be special activities for kids including small rides, piñatas and the traditional greased pole climb! I remember seeing this when I was about 9 and the money at the top of the pole looked so far! No way i was going to try that!

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Mark your calenders it's right around the corner! Check out some other sights around the area HERE!

Visitors are invited to bring folding chairs. Alcohol, smoking and pets are not allowed on the plaza.

Other regional celebrations are planned, too.