Mexican Independence Day takes place on Friday, and area residents are expected to celebrate the occasion in style over the coming days, with city officials expecting more than usual traffic on Chicago’s streets.
The holiday, which falls on Friday, celebrates Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1810, and is often marked with a wide variety of celebrations, including fireworks and flag-waving cars driving through the city.
Occasionally caravans forming during the celebrations can cause traffic problems.
Caravans and impromptu parades have been reported in several locations, including along Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive, but city officials have not officially announced any street closures because of the celebrations.
Meanwhile, the city’s emergency management and communications agency is urging residents to exercise caution over the weekend.
“The City of Chicago encourages residents to celebrate in a safe and responsible manner,” OEMC said. “Expect more traffic until September 18 due to festive activities.”
Last weekend was the official kick-off of the festivities, with the annual 26e Street Mexican Independence Day Parade in Little Village.
An event scheduled for West Chicago had to be postponed due to rain.