The 73nd annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival will be held Sunday, billed by organizers as the longest running and largest of its kind in the United States.

The parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Avenue at Mednik Avenue and continues west along Cesar Chavez Avenue to Record Avenue. It comes eight days before Mexican Independence Day and the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The parade’s theme is “Encounter of Two Worlds,” in celebration of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, proclaimed by the United Nations to raise awareness of and benefit people who speak Indigenous Languagues and for others to appreciate the contribution they make to the world’s cultural diversity.

The grand marshal will be world heavyweight boxing champion Andy Ruiz Jr., the first person of Mexican heritage to hold the title.

Elected officials set to appear in the parade include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo.

Also set to appear in the parade are the Latin Grammy-winning Regional Mexican group Los Horoscopos de Durango; Sebastian Rulli and Renata Notni, stars of the Univision drama “El Dragon”; the doll muralist known as Sand One; and the artist Ofelia Esparza.

A festival will follow the parade from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mednik Avenue between Cesar Chavez Avenue and First Street with musical performances and other entertainment, attractions, food vendors, merchandise and interactive displays.

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