The annual celebration was originally scheduled for Sept. 13 but the possibility of an impending hurricane meant coordinators had to postpone the event.
“Because of Hurricane Ike we had to cancel it,” said Fred Morón, a member of the Fiesta Board that coordinates the celebration.
It all begins at noon on Saturday with a brief ceremony and then the games start at 1 p.m. in the parking lot between Hefferman and Cleveland streets.
Included this year is Mexican Bingo, Eric’s Magic Show, a senior citizens’ dance contest and the presentation of the queen’s court.
Various bands also will perform throughout the event, including the youth mariachi, Musica Ranchera, Grupo Fusion, Primos Band, Indomable and Albert Zamora.
Morón said, Diez y Seis “is to celebrate the independence of Mexico from Spain. Here it is to celebrate the Mexican culture in Beeville.”
Rowena Tadena, another member of the board, said that Saturday’s festivities are also to celebrate the hard work of the girls who entered the Diez y Seis Mexican Culture Pageant.
“It is all about them,” she said. “They work so hard all year. This is one way they can get recognized for all their hard work.”