CICERO – Lupita Diaz-Donato was crowned Senorita Cicero during the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee's annual pageant held Sept. 5
It was only the start of a week-long celebration of Mexican Independence Day.
Diaz-Donato, a 20-year-old DePaul University student, competed against seven other young women in a series of presentations, including displaying traditional Mexican costumes from the country's history, a talent competition and a questions-and-answers component to the judging.
As Senorita Cicero, Diaz-Donato won a $1,000 scholarship toward her studies in pre-medicine, a pearl necklace provided by Jared jewelry store and a fur coat from Christos Fur Salon. She will also preside as Queen of the Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday.
The first runner-up of the pageant was Marisol Campos, 18, with second runner-up Maria Esther Sanchez, 20.
Diaz-Donato demonstrated her talent with the violin and also gave a winning performance while answering questions in perfect English and Spanish, said event organizer Frank Aguilar.
Included among the judges was Alamia Schwerdtman, chair of the Miss Illinois Scholarship Association.
Mexican Independence Day celebrations continue on Friday with a three-day festival at the corner of 34th Street and Laramie Avenue. The Mexican Independence Day parade kicks off at noon on the Sunday at Cermak Road and Austin Boulevard and travels to 50th Street and Cermak Road.
The El Grito ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at 34th Street and Laramie Avenue.