Fiestas Patrias Celebrates Independence and Education

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Mexico's Independence from Spain was celebrated a week early in Downtown Bryan on Sunday.

For the 14th year, Fiestas Patrias Mexicanos of Bryan-College Station hosted their annual 16 de Septiembre block party. Officials with the group say the party is the original signature event of Bryan.

On September 16, 1810, Mexican villagers rose up against Spanish rulers to gain their independence.

Party goers in attendance got to enjoy festive music, food and market-style shopping.

Fiestas Patrias de Mexicanos of Bryan-College Station President Alma Villarreal says the event not only celebrates Hispanic culture, but also encourages all the youth in the area to reach their full potential.

"Our organization raises funds for scholarships for the community and the seven surrounding counties," Villarreal said, "and not only for Hispanics. This is for anybody who wants a scholarship."

This year, 10 scholarships will be awarded to help local students attend college.