Blazing heat could not squelch the enthusiasm of thousands of spectators who turned out Sunday to watch the 67th Annual Mexican Independence Day as it traveled down Cesar Chavez Avenue in East L.A, though many did seek refuge from the heat under an umbrella or canopy, or a shady area along the parade route.
Cheers and applause filled the air as colorfully dressed dancers swirled their skirts and tapped their feet to lively music with origins from the different regions of Mexico, also represented by beauty queens who smiled and waved at onlookers from one of the many parade floats or cars. Gleaming horses, ridden by charros (Mexican horsemen), pranced down the parade route, followed by drum regiments, cheer squads, classic cars ferrying elected officials and civic leaders down Cesar Chavez.
The parade commemorates Mexico’s cry for independence from Spain on Sept. 16, 1810, and marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., which annually runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The month long observance, started each year with a Presidential Proclamation, aims to highlight the culture, history, talent and contributions of people of Hispanic Heritage, which are deeply woven into the fabric of America.
The parade was organized by the Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico.