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The Consulate of Mexico Celebrates 200 Years in New Orleans

The main event was a reception at Gallier Hall on Friday, May 10th, at 7:00 p.m. One highlight of the celebration was the presentation of the prestigious Ohtli Award (Reconocimiento Ohtli) to New Orleans-based artist Belinda Flores-Shinshillas. This award, granted by the Institute of Mexicans Living Abroad from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the lives of Mexican nationals abroad.

As a symbol of enduring friendship, a tree was planted outside City Hall during another Bicentennial Celebration. Consul of Mexico, Tito Livio Morales Burelo, presented the tree to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. The plaque before the tree reads, “Marking 200 years of continuing friendship between New Orleans and the people of Mexico. Tree dedicated on May 29th, 2024.”

To honor all Mexicans who have resided in New Orleans, the Consulate of Mexico and the City of New Orleans also unveiled a plaque on St. Ann Street in the French Quarter. This plaque commemorates Mexican President Benito Juarez and his time in New Orleans. It reads, “Benito Juarez, president of Mexico, lived in New Orleans in exile from 1853 to 1855, 1858. This plaque commemorates his transformative time in the city and the enduring friendship between Mexico and New Orleans.”

Officials from the City of New Orleans and the Consulate of Mexico expressed their happiness in celebrating this friendship and their hope that it will continue for many more years.

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