2014 Mexican Independence Day Parade

The East LA Mexican Independence Day Parade is the oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country, with over 20,000 attendees expected.

The family-oriented event offers the opportunity to learn about many Mexican states' cultures, enjoy traditional food, listen to cultural music, appreciate beautiful traditional dances, and interact with many fun exhibitors.

This year's Grand Marshal was Edward James Olmos.

In its 68th year of running, the parade stands as a symbol of union and joy, gathering hundreds of thousands of participants and attendees each year.

In 2014, the parade celebrated Hispanic Heritage with its new edition ‘MEXICO EN LA PIEL,’ as well as the honoring of the 83RD anniversary of the formation of its committee and organizer,
Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico, an institution that has stood as one of the pillars of the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles since its inception in 1931.

Our LAUSD Board Member, Monica Garcia, proudly participated in the parade and rode in a classic 1958 Impala convertible.

Garfield's JROTC, Cheer Squad, Band, Tall Flags and Drill Team marched the route from Belvedere Park to Gage Ave.  Our Principal, Jose Huerta rode the course in the vintage black truck alongside "Spike" our mascot!!

The attendees along the parade route filled the air shouts of, "Viva Mexico!" and "Viva Los Bulldogs!"