Thousands celebrate Fiestas Patrias at East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival

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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.

  • Cheerleders from Garfield High School ride in the East Los...

    Cheerleders from Garfield High School ride in the East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Parade. September 1, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Laurelle Tinio (age 2) and her dog Gordo, of Los...

    Laurelle Tinio (age 2) and her dog Gordo, of Los Angeles, sit and watch the East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Parade go by on September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Julian Tzompantzi Ardila, 3 years old, dances down the parade...

    Julian Tzompantzi Ardila, 3 years old, dances down the parade route with his Mexican Carnival dance group. September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Members if the Chiapas dance group make thier way down...

    Members if the Chiapas dance group make thier way down the East Los Angeles Mexican Independance Parade. September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rancho Los Alamos riders are heading down the parade route...

    Rancho Los Alamos riders are heading down the parade route of the East LA Mexican Independence Day Parade, September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • ABC7 newscaster Jovana Lara and weatherman Danny Romero host the...

    ABC7 newscaster Jovana Lara and weatherman Danny Romero host the East Los Angeles Mexian Independence Parade that is being boardcast live during the event on September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kelly Rippa takes photos of her husband Mark Conseulos from...

    Kelly Rippa takes photos of her husband Mark Conseulos from the crowd at this years Mexican Independence Parade, where he is grand marshal. September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Police ride down the East Los Angeles parade route to...

    Police ride down the East Los Angeles parade route to mark the beginning of the parade. September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Food trucks line the street in preparation for the families...

    Food trucks line the street in preparation for the families attending the East Los Angeles Mexican Independence fesstival. September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • A young girl stands along the parade route holding a...

    A young girl stands along the parade route holding a Mexican flag during the Mexican Indepenance event. September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mark Consuelos rides down the parade route as this years...

    Mark Consuelos rides down the parade route as this years grand marshal of the East Los Angeles Mexican Indpendence Parade on September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Mexican Independance Parade grand marshal Mark Consuelos poses for...

    The Mexican Independance Parade grand marshal Mark Consuelos poses for a photo with wife Kelly Rippa and the newscasters from ABC7, who are also in this years parade on September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Karen Bass, the mayor of Los Angeles, talks to the...

    Karen Bass, the mayor of Los Angeles, talks to the crowd lining the parade route of the East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Parade. September 10, 2023. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cathedral City High School dancers are performing live at the...

    Cathedral City High School dancers are performing live at the East LA Mexican Independence Parade on September 10, 20223. (Photo by Stephanie E’amato, Contributing Photographer)

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.”

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