Small village’s Mexican Independence Day Parade returns in September after pandemic hiatus

LITTLE VILLAGE — After a two-year hiatus, one of Mexico’s largest Independence Day parades in the Midwest returns to Little Village.

The parade begins at noon on September 11, from the infamous arch at 26th Street and Albany Avenue. It will go down 26th Street to Kostner Avenue. It usually brings nearly 500,000 people to the neighborhood’s commercial corridor.

“After a long two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tiny village Chamber of Commerce is ready and eager to host the largest and most popular Mexican Independence Day Parade,” Ivette Treviño, executive director of the Small Village Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome residents and visitors to join us in celebrating our culture while continuing to support our growing and thriving community.”

The theme for this year’s parade is “Nuestra Unidad es Nuestra Fortaleza,” or “Our unity is our strength,” a reminder that the community’s “culture, resilience and unity” are strong, organizers said.

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