Marching to celebrate Hispanic heritage

Viva Mexico! About 100 Cristo Rey St. Martin students, their younger siblings, parents, teachers and staff celebrated Waukegan’s cultural richness and spirit during the annual Fiestas Patrias Parade marching through the city’s downtown on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham greeted CRSM students and parade marchers moments before the parade stepped off from Robert Abbott Middle School and headed east along Washington Street toward the downtown.

Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Waukegan on this Sunday celebrating Independence Day for Mexico and other countries such as Belize and Honduras. The parade marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.