Gil Sierra of Davenport has been invited to attend an event marking the 203rd anniversary of Mexican independence this weekend.

Sierra, along with his wife, mother and Joe Henry of Des Moines, the Iowa director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, is going to a celebration in Omaha, Neb., organized by the Mexican Consulate for the Midwest region that includes Iowa.

The event includes a formal dinner Friday night at the Hilton Omaha hotel.

Sierra said he's not certain why he was invited, but based on the invitation, he thinks it's because he was the Iowa LULAC director for 13 years.

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LULAC Council 10 will host its own Mexican Independence Day Fiesta from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at 4224 Ricker Hill Road, Davenport. Admission is $25 per person for the event that includes dinner and live entertainment.

In East Moline, Mexican Independence Day will be celebrated with a parade at 1 p.m. Sunday in the downtown area, followed by a 3-9 p.m. program including music in the parking lot of The National Bank on 15th Avenue.

Times staff