More than 3.6 million Mexicans — nearly 75% of L.A. County’s total Latino American population — are proud to call Los Angeles home.
Thousands gathered in East Los Angeles to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, Sept. 10.
Organizers say the annual event, now in its 77th year, celebrates and tells the story of the diverse regions and cultures of Mexico — from the lively dances from Jalisco, to colorful costumes of Oaxaca. It’s the oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country.
The event is a community tradition ahead of Hispanic Heritage Month, and featured live mariachi bands, folklórico dancers and decorated parade floats traveling down East Cesar Chavez Ave. Parade grand marshal Mark Consuelos and local leaders, including L.A. Mayor Karen Bass, greeted attendees. People enjoyed tacos, pupusas, Mexican sweets, Aguas frescas and live performances at a grand festival by Belvedere Park.
Every step “tells a story of Mexican people and their unwavering pride,” organizers wrote on social media. The event was “not just about entertainment and food, but a reminder of the courage and determination of those who fought for freedom; a celebration of the unity and resilience of the Mexican community in the U.S.”