The Little Village Chamber of Commerce announces a new date and theme for the 2023 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade. The annual parade will kick-off at noon on Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 16, 2023. This will be the first time the Little Village Chamber of Commerce celebrates the annual parade on a Saturday and on the actual date of Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated each year on – September 16.
The parade’s theme “Tu Mexico, Tu Chicago” will focus on Mexican identity and culture with an emphasis on representing each state in Mexico. Parade participants and floats will represent the different states in Mexico, showcasing the many Mexican traditions and culture that reside not just in Little Village but all over the city of Chicago and beyond.
“We are looking forward to celebrating such an important event with the community for the first time on Mexican Independence Day , September 16th”, said Blanca Soto, Chief Operating Officer, Little Village Chamber of Commerce. “Safety, like every year, remains our highest priority and we plan to deliver a safe and fun parade for our residents and visitors to enjoy. We also invite everyone to stay after the parade to shop and dine locally at the many shops and restaurants along the 26th street corridor to fully experience all our community has to offer.”
The parade will continue its tradition by kicking-off from the historic Little Village Arch located on 26th street and Albany Avenue and proceed down 26th street to Kostner Avenue. The 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade is considered one of the largest parades in the Midwest and brings together over 400,000 participants, residents, and visitors along the two-and half-mile business corridor. The parade features brightly colored floats, mariachi bands, and folkloric dancing. The parade is attended and enjoyed by residents, elected officials, community leaders, local businesses, entertainers, artisans, and artists.