LITTLE VILLAGE — The 26th Street Mexican Independence Day parade and Fiestas Patrias, which take place in September, have been canceled amid a rise of coronavirus cases.
The Little Village Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation of the events, which were set for Sept. 10-12. The events are expected to return in 2022, according to a letter shared on the Little Village Chamber of Commerce’s website.
In lieu of the annual events, the chamber will light the Little Village Arch for the month of September.
In a statement, Ivette Treviño, executive director of the chamber, said the cancellation was an “extremely difficult decision to make.”
The Mexican Independence Day Parade and the Fiestas Patrias Festival “are the largest and most popular signature events that we host as an organization,” Treviño said.
“With the unfortunate increase in COVID cases, we need to continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and visitors before anything else,” she said.
The state reported 9,126 cases over the weekend.
Monday, Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 5.3 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 5.1 percent Friday.
The Mexican Independence Day parade is among the largest in the nation, according to the chamber. It promotes local businesses, restaurants and art and culture.
In the past, the three-day festival celebrating Fiestas Patrias, which marks Mexico’s independence from Spain, has attracted 500,000 people to Little Village. The 50th anniversary of the celebration on 26th Street occurred in 2019.
Amid the pandemic, the festivities were canceled last year.
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