Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said his administration made decisions to protect the safety of city residents during Mexican Independence Day celebrations, while calling the parades “a beautiful display of culture.”
Johnson, speaking to reporters Monday, defended the city’s decision to close access to the central business district on Friday and Saturday nights because of large caravans gathering to celebrate the holiday.
“What an incredible celebration,” he said. “The tourist sites, the photos, the parades. What a beautiful display of culture. My ultimate responsibility is to ensure we create safe spaces for Chicagoans.
On Friday and Saturday evening, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications closed access to downtown Division at 6 p.m.th Street, and from DuSable Lake Shore Drive to Halsted Street due to trailers.
Access was limited to critical response workers and residents during these periods, with access only available at specific intersections.
“The balance is we celebrate the culture and we make sure our first responders have access to hospitals and clinics,” he said. “Again, the beauty of the city of Chicago is truly in our diversity and this was an incredible display of Mexican independence.”
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