Mexican Independence Day Parade Returning To Little Village In September

April 29, 2024

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The parade will proceed down 26th Street on Sept. 15, which also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme is Celebrando Nuestras Tradiciones.

LITTLE VILLAGE — One of the largest Mexican Independence Day parades in the Midwest is returning to Little Village in the fall.

The annual parade, hosted by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, is set for noon Sept. 15, which is also the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month.
It will kick off at the iconic arch at 26th Street and Albany Avenue and proceed west down 26th Street to Kostner Avenue. The celebration typically brings thousands to the neighborhood’s business corridor.
This year’s theme is Celebrando Nuestras Tradiciones, which means “celebrating our traditions” in English.

“Expect a vibrant display as parade participants showcase an array of traditions stemming from diverse regions and cultures,” chamber leaders said in a recent news release. “From the elegance of quinceañeras to the captivating rhythms of Mexican folkloric dancing and the skillful artistry of charrería, the parade will be a kaleidoscope of experiences, highlighting the essence and diversity of the Mexican heritage in Chicago and throughout the United States.”

Anyone interested in participating in the parade or sponsorship opportunities can contact the Little Village chamber by emailing sarai@littlevillagechamber.org or calling 773-521-5387.

Apart from the Little Village parade, the holiday also typically brings droves of people to celebrate in caravans through Downtown. City Council members have floated the idea of having the city organize a formal celebration Downtown, but nothing has been planned so far.

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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