Monica Rodriguez being interviewed about El Grito 2023 by a newschannel 4 reporter

August 21, 2023


Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and the City of Los Angeles Host El Grito: Annual Celebration of Mexican Independence Day

Featuring live performances by Banda Machos, Las Colibrí, Las Cafeteras, and Banda Las Angelinas

Los Angeles, CA. (August 21, 2023). On September 15th, the City of Los Angeles will mark the beginning of Latino Heritage Month with the annual celebration of El Grito – a commemoration of Mexican Independence. This highly anticipated event will be hosted by this year’s Madrina, Los Angeles native, and Council District 7 Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. The free public event is held on the historic steps of Los Angeles City Hall (200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012) and Gloria Molina Grand Park from 5 pm – 11 pm. El Grito will feature a concert with live performances by Banda Machos, Las Colibrí, Las Cafeteras, and Banda Las Angelinas. This annual tradition includes Los Angeles leaders joining the Consul General of Mexico to reenact the historic Cry of Dolores and ring of the bell, commemorating the call to arms pronounced by Miguel Hidalgo in 1810, launching the Mexican War for Independence.

“As the longest-serving Latina elected official in the City of Los Angeles, it is an honor to be this year’s Madrina and continue this beloved tradition. This year’s theme is “Somos LA,” celebrating what is best about Los Angeles – our diversity – and building on the idea that together, we can accomplish anything. Latino culture is woven into the fabric of our city’s history and future, and I’m excited to bring our city together with this annual celebration,” said Councilwoman Rodriguez.

In addition to the civic ceremony and free concert, those in attendance will be treated to a variety of festivities that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy, including a special curation of vendors by Goddess Mercado, a variety of food trucks, a silent disco, access to resources, and so much more.

El Grito 2023 is sponsored by: Telemundo 52, NBC4, LA DWP, Southwest Carpenters, US Bank, Comité Mexicano Civico Patriotico, and the Consulado General de México in Los Angeles, Aguila Real, among others.

Entertainment and Partners: Banda Machos, Las Colibrí, Las Cafeteras, Banda

Event Hashtags: #ElGritoLA #ElGrito2023 #SomosLA #WeAreOneLA.

*Media parking is limited; please contact us to reserve a space.


About Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez serves as the City’s Chair of the Public Safety Committee and represents the 7th Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley which include the neighborhoods of Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sunland, Tujunga, North Hills, Shadow Hills, and La Tuna Canyon.

About El Grito
El Grito de Dolores marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. Shortly before dawn on September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla made a momentous decision that revolutionized the course of Mexican history.

For over 81 years, the City of Los Angeles has hosted its own El Grito celebration, bringing out thousands of Angelenos to witness a reenactment of Father Miguel Hidalgo’s historic cry and bell ringing. Each year a Councilmember takes the lead in hosting El Grito. This year Councilwoman Rodriguez hosts El Grito 2023.