LITTLE VILLAGE — A three-day festival celebrating Fiestas Patrias, a holiday that marks Mexico’s independence from Spain, is expected to bring thousands of people to Little Village this weekend, organizers said.
Festival de La Villita will bring live music, carnival rides and authentic Mexican cuisine to 26th Street and Kostner Avenue. The fest will run from 5-10 p.m. Friday and 2-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade, the highlight of the weekend, will begin at noon Sunday. The 50th annual parade starts at the Little Village arch at 26th Street and Albany Avenue and proceeds to Kostner Avenue.
This year’s parade theme, “Celebrando Raices,” or “Celebrating Our Roots” aims to honor local leaders who have made a lasting impact on the neighborhood, said Blanca Soto, executive director of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce.
Linda Shoes owner Adolfo Peña, Little Village Community Council member August Sallas and Leticia Zavala of El Faro are among the 50 Little Village community members, business owners and local leaders serving as the parade’s grand marshals.
According to organizers, Festival de La Villita is one of the largest celebrations of Mexican heritage in the Midwest.
Admission is free, and guests can expect carnival rides, kids activities, live music and Mexican food and drinks from local restaurants.
A portion of the proceeds will support community programs run by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce.
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