Mexican Independence festivities are just getting started, with this Sunday, Sept. 9, featuring the 81st Annual Los Angeles Mexican Independence starting at Cesar Chavez & Mednik avenues (near East Los Angeles College). The parade starts at 10:30am. From Cesar Chavez & Mednik avenues in East Los Angeles, the parade will travel west and end at Cesar Chavez and Gage. Mexican Singer Graciela Beltrán will be the Grand Marshall. A festival will follow on Mednick Avenue. For more information call (323) 587-6177. Get a preview of the parade with this slideshow of photos taken by EGP reporters at last year’s parade.
Mexican Independence Day Parade 2011: It was a day of people watching and festivities as excited crowds of spectators waved flags and shouted “Viva Mexico!” at performers, dancers, celebrities, local public officials and charros on horseback during the Mexican Independence Day parade in East Los Angeles last Saturday. The tradition, now in its 80th year, helped kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, which pays tribute to Hispanic contributions to the U.S. and that also includes independence day celebrations of several Central American countries.