Wed. Oct 5th, 2022

La Noche de San Patricios

Join El Centro Cultural de Mexico for their 5th Annual San Patricios commemorative and educational event.

They will have Keltic/Irish and Indigenous/Mexican food, folk music from both cultures and a documentary about the San Patricio struggle.

The Saint Patrick’s Battalion (SpanishBatallón de San Patricio), formed and led by Jon Riley, was a unit of 175 to several hundred immigrants (accounts vary) and expatriates of European descent who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in theMexican–American War of 1846-8. Most of the battalion’s members had deserted or defected from the United States Army.

Comprised primarily of Catholic Irish and German immigrants, the battalion also included CanadiansEnglishFrenchItaliansPoles,ScotsSpaniardsSwiss, and Mexican people, most of whom were members of the Catholic Church.[1] Disenfranchised Americans were in the ranks, including escaped slaves from the Southern United States.[2] The Mexican government offered incentives to foreigners who would enlist in its army: granting them citizenship, paying higher wages than the U.S. Army and the offer of generous land grants. Only a few members of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion were actual U.S. citizens. (Wikipedia)

They will also have a kids’ space with cultural coloring activities and a kids’ film “The Secret of the Kells.” The event is free.

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Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

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