Two Mexican Independence Day celebrations are slated for the Twin Cities this weekend. You can choose between Lake Street in Minneapolis and the West Side of St. Paul.
On Sunday, September 14 from about 11:30 to 6 p.m., Lake Street hosts a celebration of Mexican independence. Festivities begin with a parade that goes from Bloomington Avenue east to Third Avenue South. After the parade, according to the day’s organizer, GoLatino, you can ” visit the many booths featuring sponsoring organizations, local Latino businesses, food vendors, schools, churches and nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community. Booths will line East Lake Street from Portland Avenue to Second Avenue South. … Local groups will perform music and cultural dances throughout the day on two stages and a variety of other activities such as pony rides, inflatable games, a car show and a sports area will be available. There will also be an information area where community members can learn about safety, health and education. ” For information, call 612-455-4620.
St. Paul’s celebration starts on Saturday, with tacos, elotes (roasted corn), and mariachi music in La Placita, next to El Burrito Mercado, which is sponsoring the events. On Sunday, from 12-6, organizers invite everyone to ” celebrate Mexico’s independence in a fun and family friendly Mexican tradition style! An outdoor plaza adjacent to our market, with seating, tacos, corn on the cob, tamales, wine, beer, sangria, and more! Folkloric dancers, Mariachi Band, Jalapeno eating contest, DJ music, and more! Please join us for the fiesta!” The also promise “El Grito de Independencia” at 5:45 p.m.