Hundreds of cars drive through downtown on second night to celebrate Mexican Independence Day – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – Car trailers celebrating Mexican Independence Day took to the streets of downtown Chicago overnight Wednesday through Thursday and restarted Thursday evening, leaving traffic blocked throughout downtown until Friday morning.
Late Thursday evening, caravans of cars took to the streets all around the city center for a wild scene. The rolling parade set off fireworks, horns, revving engines and waving flags.
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The rolling parade, horns, waving flags, running engine and even fireworks were part of the scene that continued until about 4 a.m. on Friday near Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
This is what happened after the Mexican Independence Day Parade on 26th Street was canceled due to COVID-19 for the second year in a row. People still flocked to the streets, having their own celebration, creating a sea of Mexican flags in a trailer of giant cars, showing Mexican pride on the day they gained independence from Spain over 200 years ago. years.
Traffic was completely blocked Thursday night throughout the city center. There have been reports of heavy traffic on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Columbus Drive, the Magnificent Mile and the Eisenhower Freeway, and all around surface streets in the Loop and beyond.
Fireworks have also been set off at Daley Plaza.
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At 10:30 p.m., traffic was stopped on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Police had started trying to reopen the intersection shortly before.
At one point from Thursday evening to Friday morning, people climbed to the top of a CTA bus, with police vehicles flashing their lights a few feet away.
A man rode his motorbike on the sidewalk just outside the CBS 2 broadcast center.
The rolling parade also lasted for hours from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, with flag-waving cars in the South Loop, along DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Wacker Drive, and into the loop.
Police have occasionally blocked certain intersections to allow bumper-to-bumper traffic to pass.
“It’s not just a bunch of people walking around with flags. They show everyone in the community that we’re coming together, and we’re just showing the city of Chicago what we’re doing together as a whole, ”said pilot Julio Trevino.
The All-Night Party on Wheels also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.
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When asked about a possible third night of celebrations, Illinois State Police said there were no planned closings. We also asked Chicago Police about any possible deployment of additional officers if the celebrations continued, but received no response.