Today is a big day in Mexico. Although it took them 11 more years to finally gain independence, the start of it all was 200 years ago, when Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende started moving a rag-tag army from the towns that are now Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato, where the first battle raged.

I’m in Guanajuato now and the city is throwing a big party, so this is going to be a short post. Here are two photos from the celebration last night, in a square beside the building where that first battle took place: the Alhondiga.

The photo below is from a very impressive projection light show that was on the side of that building last night. A great time to be in Mexico.