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Vista L.A.: Mexican Independence Parade lights up East LA

Saturday, September 10, 2011
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks about what Mexican Independence Dad means to him. Performer Aaron Colton, sponsored by Red Bull, rides a motorcycle at the Mexican Independence Day Parade in East L.A. Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar rides a horse in the Mexican Independence Day Parade in East L.A. ABC7s Alysha Del Valle participates in the 65th annual Mexican Independence Day Parade in East L.A. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis couldnt attend the Mexican Independence Day Parade but spoke on its significance. Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes speaks about what Mexican Independence Day means to his family. Ketzaliztli Aztec Cultural Danza performers dance during the Mexican Independence Day Parade in East L.A. LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia speaks about the importance of Mexican Independence Day. Garfield High School JROTC, color guard and drill team perform at the Mexican Independence Day Parade.

Thousands crowded East Los Angeles for the 65th annual Mexican Independence Day parade on Saturday, and Vista L.A. was there to soak up all the sights and sounds.

The parade route kicked off at Mednik Avenue and rolled down Cesar Chavez Avenue right through the heart of East Los Angeles.

At Eastern Avenue, the parade took a left turn and was expected to end at First Street.

City officials including L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmembers Ed Reyes and Jose Huizar, and LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia were in attendence.

Dancers in native costumes and elaborate floats filled the parade route. Renowned Mexican telenovela producer Carla Estrada was the grand marshal for the big event.

The parade festival took place just around the corner from the parade's starting point. It ran along Mednik Avenue from Cesar Chavez Avenue to First Street.

The festival included a variety of food, activities and festive entertainment.

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