LA Mexican consulate plans year-long celebrations

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Two hundred years ago this year Mexico declared its independence from Spain. One hundred years ago the Mexican Revolution ousted a dictator and delivered significant political and land reforms.

The Mexican consulate in Los Angeles is importing the celebrations from its country to the Southland. Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez Gonzalez said the aim is part history lesson for the general public and in particular the millions of Mexicans and Mexican Americans who live in the Southland.

"We’re celebrating our history but also the milestone toward the future, because it’s another hundred years — so what is the country that we want to be for the next hundred years to come"

He added that the celebration’s starting some vigorous discussion as his country faces difficult times because of drug-related violence.

The Mexican consulate launched its Southland celebrations last month with a float in the Rose Parade. This month it’s opening an exhibition of paintings titled “Traces in the Path” at its MacArthur Park offices.

Southland events between now and September 16th — Mexican Independence Day — include other art exhibits at the Getty Villa, the L.A. County Museum of Art and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.