By Sabi Reza
This weekend in Chicago, the Méxican community was able to enjoy authentic Mariachi music at Chicago’s Mariachi Festival at Millennium Park. Not only the Méxican community, but people from all over the city came to have a good time with family and friends. This event took place on the 24th and 25th of June. Safety was top priority at Millennium park and anyone who wanted to enter had to have their bags checked and body scanned.
Bands invited to the event were Mariachi Herencia de México, Mariachi Acero, Mariachi Aztlán and many more. Some of the songs featured in the event came from the famous Mexican singer José Alfredo Jiménez and crowds couldn’t help but yell out the Mexican Grito.
Because Mexico had just played against the South Korean soccer team this past Saturday at the FIFA World Cup, many people could be seen supporting the team wearing the official Mexican soccer team T-shirt. Colombians weren’t left behind as they too wore their official Colombian soccer team T-shirt. Sidewalks surrounding Millennium park were slowly getting full, making it difficult for people to get a good viewing spot. People of various ethnicities could be heard asking question regarding the festival and many kind Chicagoans were glad to answer.
All together the event was full of energy, great people and music, what more was there to want.