Mexican pageantry and pride were on display at Mariachi Plaza on Friday to honor an iconic Mexican singer on Mexico’s Independence Day.
Hundreds of people gathered to remember the life of Vicente Fernández, an icon of Mexican music and culture.
“We are here because of our heritage. I want to teach my grandchildren our Mexican origins, our music. All that is forgotten, as a grandfather I have to bring them here,” said Eduardo Jimenez from Monrovia.
Jimenez was one of many who came to pay their respects to Fernandez and see a street adjacent to Mariachi Plaza be renamed in honor of the king of music Ranchera.
“Growing up, that’s all we ever heard in our homes, being Mexican. That’s all they played with us. And for me, it’s family, that’s all,” Jimenez said. “Who hasn’t gotten drunk on a song by Vicente Fernández? It makes you feel alive.
For Latinos in Los Angeles and around the world, Fernandez is not just a musical legend, but a cultural icon.
Throughout her impressive career, “Chente” has received numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The beloved singer and actor passed away last December.
“For a lot of people who really don’t know who Vicente Fernández was, I would say, think of Frank Sinatra, what he meant to all Americans. It’s VF, it crosses so many borders,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin De Leon.
Chente’s fans and family were present for the ceremony, including his widow Cuquita.
Vicente Fernández Jr., the singer’s grandson, was there to absorb it all.
“We are very grateful to be here together, to receive this award for my grandfather,” he said. “It’s a great honor, a great honor. I get emotional about it.
And as the sun set at Friday’s ceremony, fans and family members joined in the song as its many iconic hits played.
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