Archive ID: 1982-055-1

Mexican Independence Day Parade, South Chicago, 1939

Date Created: 1939

Donor: Faye Torres

Media Type: Photograph


South Chicago sponsors the oldest of all the Mexican Independence Day Parades held in the city of Chicago. This photograph depicts a parade from 1939. The parade queen was a central figure in the event. The queen here, Stella Diaz, can be seen riding on top of the float. Our Lady of Guadalupe, the oldest Mexican Catholic parish in the city (some say in the Midwest), was also founded in South Chicago in 1923. This photograph was donated by Faye Martinez Torres. Members of the Martinez family have donated many items to the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum.

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Community Life   Immigrant Experiences   Parades/Events   1920-1939 (Depression Era)   South Chicago   Mexican-American   Photograph   1982-055   Buildings   Business districts   Businesses   Floats   Mexican Independence Day   Parades   Vehicles