The Mexican Civic Society of Illinois and the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago have united once again to celebrate the 2013 Patriotic Festivities.
In a press conference on Aug. 6, members of both organizations along with the radio station, La Ley 107.9 FM, and representatives from the offices of Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave details about the Mexican Independence Parade and “el Grito” (the Cry) of Independence.
This year the parade will take place Saturday, September 14 starting at 12 noon on Columbus Drive.
“We invite the whole community,” said Marco Coronado of the Civic Society. “We would love to share our culture.”
The 2013 Patriotic Festivities will be celebrated over the course of two days; the parade, which will take place on Sep.14 and the Cry of Independence on Sep. 15. There will be only one Cry of Independence in Chicago that will take place at the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park at 9:30 p.m. Artists like Ninel Conde, Ana Barbara, and Laura Flores will make an appearance.
“The Consulate demonstrates how we must work together. This is a civic ceremony. There will be only one Cry of Independence. The Consulate is going to be in other cities too like Cicero and Pilsen. We hope to have a wonderful show. We are one single flag. One single people,” said Alonso Joule, in charge of community organization of the Consulate.
Aside from the parade, the Civic Society will host a special event to crown its new Queen. Fourteen contestants will participate in an artistic presentation taking place September 1 at the Olympic Theater in Cicero at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
For 44 years, the Civic Society has organized historic and traditional events commemorating Mexico’s Independence.
The president of the Civic Society Vicente Rangel is proud of the accomplishment of the Civic Society with the Consulate to celebrate the Patriotic Festivities that “maintain tradition and honor” for the Mexican people.