Mexican Independence Day to be celebrated with parade, festival
Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org September 7, 2011 8:02PM
Updated: November 30, 2011 12:28AM
JOLIET — Mexican Independence Day festivities on Saturday will feature an outdoor festival in downtown Joliet.
This will be the 49th Mexican Independence Day Parade and 63rd Queen Coronation in Joliet.
But it will mark the first time the local celebration includes a downtown festival.
“It’s just like a block party,” said Marge Franchini, one of the organizers of the event. “After the parade, people want to continue to celebrate. We’re going to give them an opportunity to stay around.”
The parade downtown starts at 1 p.m. and features Mayor Thomas Giarrante riding a horse as grand marshal.
The Mi Gustio Es Festival De Joliet, or downtown festival, runs from 3 to 10 p.m. in an area of Chicago Street running north of Jefferson Street. The Queens Coronation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. and take place on a stage on Chicago Street during the festival.
Live music, a mechanical bull, bouncies for kids, food, and a variety of vendor tables will be part of the event. Admission is free.
The event is organized by the ProFiestas Patrias Committee, which is dedicated to promoting culture, leadership and public service in Joliet’s Hispanic community.
More information is available at the websites www.fiestaspatriasjoliet.com and www.uni2online.com