Ready for a fiesta? Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, the former Crossroads Mall recently transformed into a center for Hispanic culture and commerce, is having a grand opening party of sorts this weekend with a celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

The outdoor festival, "Fiestas Patrias - A Taste of Mexico," will be held in the southwest parking lot of  Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Sunday, Sept.15 from noon to 9 p.m.  Grupo Control, a cumbia group out of southern Texas, will headline the event's entertainment, and several other Hispanic artists also will perform. There will also be food and booths from local businesses and organizations. The traditional ceremony of El Grito will conclude the celebration, with performances from Mariachi Orgullo and folkloric dance group Yumaré.

So what is El Grito? On September 16th, 1810, a Roman Catholic priest named Father Hidalgo made a now infamous plea to his parishioners and nearby residents for independence from Spain, which helped spark the subsequent revolution.  This cry for independence is reenacted every September 15 late into the evening in a ceremony called El Grito. This year will mark the first time a ceremony of this kind will be officiated by delegates of the Mexican Consulate in Oklahoma City.