This silent news footage from the KCTV News Collection captures scenes of San Angelo's 1972 fiestas patrias celebration for Mexican Independence Day, El Diez y Seis de Septiembre. San Angelo's Mexican-American community has a strong tradition of fiestas patrias celebrations, dating back to 1910. The 1972 celebration was held at Sedeño Plaza, the home of Estanislado Sedeño, a Mexican-American community leader. Sedeño Plaza was home of the annual fiestas patrias celebration from 1946 until 1974. The celebration in this film was attended by San Angelo Mayor C.S. "Chic" Conrad, who proclaimed that day, September 5, 1972, Estanislado Sedeño Day. Sedeño passed away two years later.
From the TSHA Handbook Online: San Angelo has a long tradition of fiestas patrias celebrations. In 1910, the raza held a grand centennial parade of 300 people, with floats and buggies, and two-day festival at the Lake Concho Pavilion. People from miles around came to see the paintings of Mexican heroes and listen to a Mexican string band. By the 1920s the fiestas patrias in San Angelo followed a regular pattern. Every year the Mexican government called upon a Comisión Honorífica Mexicana to convene the Mexican-American people, who appointed a Comité Patriótico Mexicano to organize the fiestas patrias that year. They chose a location convenient to the barrio and large enough to accommodate the affair. Early fiestas patrias were held on the north side of San Angelo, near the Mexican-American neighborhood, but in the late 1920s the population shifted to a barrio on the south side. The program expanded to included more sporting events, such as baseball games, and school band concerts, oratory, and children's recitations. Radios, loudspeakers, public-address systems, and automobiles often complicated the event. Locations changed during the Great Depression. In 1946, Estanislado Sedeno, an active celebrant since 1932 and a member of the Comisión Honorífica and the Comité Patriótico Mexicano, was named Comisión president. He opened the 1946 fiestas patrias celebration in his front yard at 113 W. Avenue N, and Sedeno Plaza was subsequently the site of the fiestas patrias in San Angelo for twenty-seven years. On September 5, 1972, Estanislado Sedeno returned to Sedeno Plaza, and Mayor C. S. "Chic" Conrad proclaimed the date Estanislado Sedeno Day.