76th Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival in East Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELESSept. 6, 2022PRLog — The 76th annual Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival returns to East Los Angeles on September 18, 2022 featuring Grand Marshal Fernando Valenzuela.

After a pause due to the pandemic, the longest-running and largest parade of its kind in the country returns to East Los Angeles on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 10:00 am At the same time, the organizing committee, the Mexican Patriotic Civic Committee of the city of Los Angeles will celebrate 91 years of its foundation.

This year’s Grand Marshal Fernando Valenzuela is an extraordinary athlete with a forty-year successful career in professional baseball and responsible for the fan craze “Fernandomania” in the 1980s.

Co-Grand Marshal Katya Echazarreta is an electronics engineer and civilian astronaut who was born in Mexico and now she is the first woman of Mexican descent to travel to space. On June 4th, 2022, she was on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket’s fifth flight to the edge of space thanks to the opportunity given by of “Space for humanity”, a non-profit organization.

This year the festival will have two themes. The first theme of the festival is called United for Strong Physical and Mental Health, with the intention of raising awareness in the community on how to prevent lethal infections and how to support mentally unstable people, thus avoiding mass homicides.

Honoring the Heroes of the Pandemic will be the second theme of the festival, as a tribute to nurses, doctors, firefighters, first aid providers, and volunteers who did not stop working during the pandemic caused by COVID19. During the parade they will wear white clothing in honor of the Heroes of the Pandemic and each one will represent a different state of Mexico. They will be supporting the parade attendees with drinks to mitigate the heat during the parade.

Festival’s Special guests:

  • Guillermo Alayón – Special Guest recognized worldwide as a designer who highlights the name of Mexico in his exhibitions

Mario Aguilar – Special Guest recognized for being a Latin comedian, daring and with great charisma

Jesús Ortiz Paz – Special Guest recognized for being a Mexican corrido singer and social media influencer. He has achieved great success as part of the musical group “Fuerza Regida”

  • Alison Sanchez – Señorita Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas

The Live broadcast of the parade will take place from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on ABC Channel 7, one of the most important television networks in the country.

The East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival is presented and produced by The Patriotic Civic Mexican Committee with the support of the Mexican Consulate General in Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, and the County of Los Angeles.

The parade will travel along E. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, starting at Mednik Avenue and ending at Record Avenue. The celebration will continue between E. César E. Chávez Avenue and First Street along Mednik Avenue where there will be music, entertainment, attractions, and fun for the whole family. We hope to see you there!

Opening Ceremony with special guest will start at 8:00 am until 9:45 am and then the Parade will commence.

Also present at the parade will be Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solís, the Consul General of Mexico Ambassador Marcela Celorio, United States Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, the Mayor and councilors of the City of Los Angeles.


About the Mexican Civic Patriotic Committee:

The Patriotic Civic Mexican Committee is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation of Mexican culture and traditions. Its mission is to promote and celebrate the heritage of Mexicans in Los Angeles.

Since its creation in 1931, the Patriotic Civic Mexican Committee has been one of the pillars of the Los Angeles Mexican-American community and has made it a priority each year to organize the Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival in East Los Angeles. Thanks to their hard work, the parade is now considered a cheerful celebration to unite the Latino community, it estimates the participation of 1,500 people and each year attendance exceeds expectations.

Among other activities and in addition to the parade, the committee organizes other annual events such as: “El Grito de Independencia” on the steps of Los Angeles City Council building and the “Señorita Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas” pageant.

With the Support of:

Hilda Solís, Los Angeles County Supervisor – District 1

Kevin De León, Los Angeles Councilman – District 14

Marcela Celorio, Ambassador and Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles

Sponsored in part by:

ABC7, Univision, Altamed, ATT, and Delta Airlines-Aeroméxico.

Official Page


FDA and Mexican Counterparts Report Progress and Next Steps for Food Safety Partnership

As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of food imported from Mexico and advance protections for consumers in both countries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its regulatory counterparts in Mexico – the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary RisksExternal Link Disclaimer (Cofepris) and the National Service of Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety and QualityExternal Link Disclaimer (SENASICA) held the first Food Safety Partnership Annual Meeting on August 20, an important milestone in food safety. 

The meeting builds upon the Statement of Intent that was signed in September 2020 to enhance the partnership between all three agencies to work together on food safety in both countries. A previous partnership, signed in 2014, focused on produce safety, while the current partnership has broadened the scope of products to include all human foods under the FDA’s jurisdiction that are traded between the two countries. 

During the meeting, the FDA, SENASICA and Cofepris reflected on accomplishments from the past year and set goals for the coming year of the partnership. The FDA plans to work closely with SENASICA and Cofepris on activities that will enhance communication and oversight and enable us to share our experience with new approaches. This kind of collaboration is critical because of the high volume of food trade across our border. About one-third of all imported food into the U.S. is from Mexico, including 60% of all imported produce. As a result, the FDA, SENASICA and Cofepris work closely together on food establishment inspections and responding to foodborne illness outbreaks, as well as developing and implementing plans to enhance food safety in other areas of mutual public health interest.

The partnership aligns with the aims of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint through its core elements of tech-enabled traceability, smarter tools and approaches for prevention and outbreak response, new business models and food safety culture. The FDA and its Mexican counterparts are working on four strategic priorities under the partnership: foodborne illness prevention (e.g., Salmonella in papaya and Cyclospora in produce), enhanced coordination for outbreak response, regulatory laboratory coordination (e.g., whole genome sequencing of foodborne bacteria, viruses and other pathogens) and food safety training opportunities for industry (e.g., produce safety and preventive controls for human foods). 

A key element of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint is the use of smarter tools and approaches, especially for foodborne illness prevention and outbreak response. The partnership is utilizing this approach by exchanging analytical methods to detect foodborne illness pathogens, such as Cyclospora. The alignment of laboratory protocols can help to improve detection and reduce the risk of exposure to foodborne illness. In addition, the partnership is increasing data sharing to improve outbreak response communications between the three agencies. The agencies are moving forward to update and refine the Binational Protocol (coordinated response) for outbreak response. These modern approaches will ultimately help better protect public health on both sides of the border.

The partnership has also focused on ways to leverage SENASICA’s risk reduction standards and foster the development of industry best practices to further the safety of exported Mexican produce. For example, since September 2020, through collaborative efforts with SENASICA and the Mexican papaya industry, more than 300 growers have been trained on the Produce Safety Alliance’s grower-training curricula and about 90% of the Mexican papaya industry has been trained on papaya best practices. As part of a comprehensive effort to disseminate food safety training, the partnership will continue to strengthen work with industry on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) trainings for importers and the verification of papaya best practice implementation.

Over the last year and in the face of challenges associated with the global pandemic response, the partnership has continued to facilitate outreach and training in multiple languages on the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule (PSR) and FSVP rule for the produce industry. Working to keep consumers supplied with healthy, safe and nutritious food, SENASICA and Cofepris worked with the FDA to promote virtual webinars across Mexico. The PSR is one of seven major rules established under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and includes requirements for produce that is grown domestically and imported or offered for import into the U.S. Next steps include assessing further outreach and training needs to enhance produce safety and traceability and supporting trainers to host additional grower trainings.

As the food supply becomes increasingly global, the FDA’s partnerships with our regulatory counterparts and food producers in other nations are more important than ever. We look forward to our continued collaboration on food safety and hopefully in-person meetings and trainings in the coming year.


The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.