LITTLE VILLAGE — One of the largest Mexican Independence Day parades is coming back in the fall.
The parade begins noon Sept. 16 at the arch at 26th Street and Albany Avenue. It will proceed down 26th Street to Kostner Avenue. The celebration typically brings thousands to the neighborhood’s business corridor.
The theme will be “Tu Mexico, Tu Chicago,” to emphasize identity and culture within each state in Mexico, according to the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event each year.
“Parade participants and floats will represent the different states in Mexico, showcasing the many Mexican traditions and culture that reside not just in Little Village but all over the city of Chicago and beyond,” chamber leaders said in a news release.
This is the first year the parade will take place on the actual day of the holiday, according to the chamber.
The parade was suspended in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, but it returned last year.
Anyone interested in participating in the parade or sponsorship opportunities can contact the Little Village chamber by emailing email@example.com or at 773-521-5387.
Apart from the Little Village parade, the holiday also typically brings droves of people to celebrate in caravans through Downtown.
Mexican Independence Day is in recognition of Mexico’s independence from Spain following an 11-year war that ended in 1821.
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