WEST CHICAGO – After West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Celebration was canceled last year due to a lack of volunteers and vendors, the event is back and better than ever this year due to strong community support.
An active committee formed earlier in the year to plan the city's celebration, which will take place from noon until 8 p.m. Sept. 15 along Main Street.
“This event has been reinvigorated by the energy of a group of people who didn’t want to see a 21-year-old tradition die," Mayor Ruben Pineda said in a city news release. "They stepped up to the plate and brought a fresh enthusiasm for sharing their love for the culture, traditions and heritage of Mexico."
Monthly meetings for the celebration have been scheduled both in the morning and evening in an effort to involve as many interested individuals in the planning process as possible.
The day-long Mexican Independence Day Celebration will begin with a parade through neighborhood streets, followed by a reenactment of El Grito, the ringing of the bell that marked Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1810.
The event will include decorations, various craft, food and business vendors, entertainment and exhibits and displays that showcase Mexican history and culture.
West Chicago's Police and Public Works departments, as well as the Fire Protection District staff, have worked with the event committee to address logistics and safety issues.
Applications to participate in the event are available at www.westchicago.org under "Forms."