Grito Mexicano (Spanish pronunciation: [ËˆÉ¡É¾ito mexiËˆkano], Mexican scream), or simply grito, is a part of Mexican culture. It is similar to the yahoo or yeehaw of the American cowboy during a hoedown, except with added trills and an onomatopoeia closer to "aaah" or "aaayyyeee". The first sound is typically held as long as possible, leaving enough breath for a training set of trills. The grito is officially used as a celebratory remembrance of Mexican Independence Day, as in the Grito de Dolores. In non-formal settings, the grito is belted at parties and friends or family celebrations during the performance of traditional Mexican music, mostly mariachi and including banda, ranchera, and norteña performances. The normal position for the yell to be inserted (either by the singers themselves or the listening audience) is at a musical interlude or bridge or after the first few notes of a familiar song.