A massive celebration is underway this weekend as the annual Mexican Independence Day parade kicks off Saturday in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.
This year’s celebration takes on special significance because the parade coincides with the actual date of Mexican Independence Day, continuing a weekend of citywide celebrations.
For those who cannot come in person, Telemonde Chicago has you covered as the exclusive broadcast partner of the 2023 fashion show.
Beginning at noon, this year’s parade takes place under the theme “Tu Mexico, Tu Chicago”, the parade promises to be a captivating journey through the diversity of Mexican identity and culture. Every Mexican state will be represented, showcasing the diverse traditions and cultural expressions that thrive not only in Little Village but throughout the city of Chicago and beyond.
To add to the excitement and cultural richness of the parade, the Little Village Chamber of Commerce selected Penelope Menchaca, host of Telemundo’s popular national morning news and entertainment program “Hoy Día,” as parade commissioner for the 2023 event.
The event is one of the largest parades in the Midwest, bringing together more than 400,000 participants, residents and visitors along the two-and-a-half-mile business corridor. Attendees can expect a spectacular display of brightly colored floats, melodious sounds of mariachi bands and mesmerizing folk dances.
Whether you’re going in person or watching from home, here’s a look at what you need to know:
How to watch live
Telemundo Chicago, along with the 24/7 NBC Chicago News streaming channel, will broadcast the parade live from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT. (NOTE: The parade will continue to be broadcast live on the NBC Chicago News streaming channel until 1:30 p.m.)
For more information on how to watch the NBC Chicago News streaming channel, click here.
Telemundo Chicago’s Alfonso Gutiérrez, Anabel Monge and Héctor Lozano will be among the featured talents covering this year’s parade.
The parade will start at the iconic Little Village Arch at the intersection of 26th Street and Albany Avenue, continue along 26th Street before ending at Kostner Avenue.