After 2-year hiatus, West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Celebration returns
WEST CHICAGO – On Sept. 16, 1810, a Roman Catholic priest rang the church bell in the small village of Dolores to mark the beginning of Mexico’s fight for freedom from Spain.
More than 200 years later, a bell again will ring out, this time in downtown West Chicago, to commemorate that historic moment. The peals of this year’s bell come after two years of silence caused by cancellations of the city’s annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration.
“It’s very important that we bring this festival back,” Mayor Ruben Pineda said. “We’re 51 percent Hispanic, so it’s good to bring the community together.”
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