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West Chicago Celebrates Rich Cultural Diversity during Mexican Independence Day Event

Downtown West Chicago came alive with the sights, sounds and flavors of Mexican culture as the City celebrated its rich cultural history on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

 

The Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration stepped-off with a parade featuring local businesses and civic organizations, a Mexican-American soldier and traditional charros on horseback, escorting the American and Mexican flags to the downtown celebration.  Families lined Joliet Street waving flags, and children eagerly accepted candy from parade participants before assembling at the opening ceremony on Main Street.

 

Mayor Mike Kwasman began the ceremony which included a blessing by Father John Balluff from St. Mary’s Catholic Church and concluded with El Grito and the traditional bell ringing, as presented by Cónsul Dante Gómez from the Mexican Consulate.  Also in attendance were Aldermen Ruben Pineda, Jim Beifuss, Nick Dzierzanowski, Matt Fuesting, and Treasurer Don Earley.

 

Traditional papel picado hung between lamp posts over vendor booths serving authentic Mexican fare while local organizations and businesses offered products and services.  Entertainment stages in two locations provided musical entertainment throughout the day including mariachis, traditional bands and Ballet Folklórico Quetzalcoatl performing a series of traditional Mexican folk dances to standing-room only crowds.  Other activities included children’s crafts and games, a photography exhibit entitled “Independence” at the City Museum and ArtXposium, a multi-media art exhibit.

 

The West Chicago Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration committee thanks all the volunteers who made the event such a tremendous success.

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