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Mexican Independence Day 2023: Chicago residents take to the streets to participate in El Grito

 

LATINE HERITAGE MONTH


Mexican Independence Day was a busy day for Chicago’s downtown residents as hundreds traveled downtown to participate in the annual celebration known as El Grito, or Cry of Victory. 

Friday, Sept. 15 was the official kick off of Hispanic Heritage Month, with Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrating their independence day. Mexico celebrates their independence day Sept. 16, and Chile on Sept. 18, leading to a weekend full of festivities. 

Road closures by the Chicago Police Department on Michigan Ave. led participants to Randolph St. and down Clark St. as a way to dampen festivities in the Loop. But that didn’t stop participants from popping fireworks in Daley Plaza or dancing in the streets. It was a beautiful celebration of culture, life and freedom.

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aguerra@columbiachronicle.com   Andres Guerra is a senior photojournalism major, minoring in creative writing, with a concentration in poetry. Guerra produces Chronicle TV, and Chronicle's two podcasts, Chronicle Headlines and Chronversations. Guerra joined the Chronicle in February 2023.   Hometown: Dallas, Texas
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K’Von Jackson, Former Senior Photojournalist
kjackson@columbiachronicle.com   K'Von Jackson is a senior photography major. Some of his work includes campus crime writing, social justice and changes within Columbia. He worked for the Chronicle from August 2020 through December 2023.   Hometown: Chicago, Ill.