16 September Mexican Independence Day

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Friday is Mexican Independence Day, and Chicago officials predict heavier-than-usual traffic in the coming days.

The Friday holiday honours Mexico's independence from Spain in 1810 and is honoured with pyrotechnics and flag-waving autos. Carnival caravans can cause traffic problems.

Caravans and impromptu parades have been reported on Michigan Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive, but no street restrictions have been announced.

The city's Office of Emergency Management and Communication urges prudence this weekend.

OEMC urged Chicagoans to celebrate safely and responsibly. Expect additional traffic through Sept. 18.

The 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade in Little Village kicked off the festivities last weekend

For those in the U.S., Sept. 16 is simply another day, but it's one of Mexico's most important. The country's independence from Spain is celebrated

At 1810, Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bells in Dolores, today called Dolores Hidalgo, and gave a stirring address calling for independence.

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