41st Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration
Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 10am to 5pm
Organized by the Chicano Park Steering Committee
CHICANO PARK DAY CELEBRATION
The 41st annual Chicano Park Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2011, in historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community, south of downtown San Diego, under the San Diego-Coronado bridge. This family event is always free and open to the public. The theme for the 41st anniversary celebration is "Education and Knowledge: Our Key to a Better Future"
Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history. Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the most beautiful performances of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Toltecas en Aztlán. Other dance groups scheduled to perform include Grupo Folklórico Cuetlaxochitl de North County, Ballet Folklórico Mi Tierra de Bakersfield, Ballet Folklórico Aquetzalli de Lemon Grove, Ballet Folklórico Esperanza de Fallbrook, and danza Zapateado rebelde by Mujeres en Resistencia. Live bands performing this year include Agua Dulce, SAVOR, Rapper Big J from Indio, Band 2012 from Denver Colorado, Halo-N-Fern Tee, Back N Time from Riverside and Mariachi Imperial de San Diego. The event will open with a blessing by Tim Red Bird and the Red Warriors. The educational keynote speakers will be Maria Figueroa-Chacon, Gail Perez, Aremi Lopez, Consuelo Manriquez and presentation organizer Alberto Pulido. Other speakers, include representatives from the Brown Berets de Aztlán, Amigos Lowrider Car Club, Caliposas, Chicano Park Steering Committee and the Crusade for Justice.
In addition, there will be more than 350 classic low-rider cars on display (presented by Amigos Car Club) and children’s art workshop led by muralist Victor Ochoa with numerous volunteers. Food, arts and crafts vendors sell their specialties throughout Chicano Park.
Chicano Park is located off Interstate 5, Cesar Chavez Pkwy exit, under the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.
With very limited parking (even less this year) we highly recommend that you take the trolley (Blue line to Barrio Logan or Orange line to 25th and Commercial) or bus (#11 or #901) to Chicano Park Day. For the safety of your pets and the public, please leave your dogs and other pets at home.
More info: Chicano Park