Chicago (CBS) – The caravan, celebrating the Mexican War of Independence, took to the streets of downtown Chicago overnight from Wednesday to Thursday and resumed Thursday night.
Late Thursday evening, a caravan diverted streets all over the city center, creating a wild scene. The rolling parade launched fireworks, hit a horn and hoisted a flag.
Traffic throughout the city center was completely cut off Thursday evening. At 9:30 p.m., cars were seen passing through the Jewel Oscosta parking lot on Roosevelt Road and Canal Street. There have been reports of heavy traffic on DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Eisenhower Expressway.
Fireworks also lit up the Daily Plaza.
The caravan was to last until late at night.
The rolling parade also lasted for hours from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, with cars waving flags along South Loop, Dusable Lakeshore Drive and Wacker Drive, and into the loop.
Police have occasionally blocked multiple intersections to allow bumper-to-bumper traffic.
“It’s not just a bunch of people running with flags. They show everyone in the community that we are together, and we are in the city of Chicago and we are all together. It just shows that it is, ”said driver Julio Trevino.
The nighttime drive-thru party will also begin Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month, which runs September 15 through October 15.