Downtown West Chicago brought to life the colors and sounds from Mexico


Photo by Leslie Najera-Rivas

Dancing horses open the Mexican Independence Day event in downtown West Chicago on Sept. 14.

By Leslie Najera-Rivas, Editor in chief

West Chicago celebrated Mexican Independence Day with a parade, music, and food in a two-day event sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage (MCCD).

Activities took place Sept. 14 to  Sept. 15. 

Dancing horses began the event with the help of live music and later with the Mariachi Monumental de Mexico ending the first day. 

Food was sold both days which included a food truck, ice cream stands, and various ad stands.

Gallery 200 provided a special event by featuring the work of Mayan artist Juan Chawuk.

The parade took place on Sept. 15 which included costumed Chinelo dancers, local shops, live music, horses, and many more. 

After the parade, Rep. Karina Villa spoke to encourage people to vote and speak up. 

A performance was later given by costumed Chinelo dancers.

The day ended with the 13-foot donkey piñata that represents the traditional icon during Christmas.