April 21, 2006

Chicano Park Day to Celebrate 36th Anniversary

“Their Spirit Lives Within Us,” will be the theme of this year’s 36th annual Chicano Park Day, which will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2006, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, in historic Chicano Park. Chicano Park is located in the Barrio Logan community of San Diego, south of downtown San Diego. This family celebration is free and open to the public.

Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received national and international acclaim as a major outdoor public art site known for its powerful mural paintings depicting the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history.

This year’s Chicano Park Day will feature events for the whole family, including traditional music and dance, and an extraordinary performance of indigenous Aztec danza. In addition, contemporary music will be performed by the Ledesma Brothers, Los Fabulocos, Dr. Strangelove & the Atomic Cowboys, Jr. S.T.O.R.M. Troupers (hip hop dance), Peace x Piece and many more. Other events include poetry readings, a classic low rider car display presented by Amigos Car Club, an amateur boxing demonstration presented by Farfan Training Center, and children’s arts and craft workshops led by noted Chicano artist/muralist Victor Ochoa. Also on hand, will be a variety of food, arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout Chicano Park.

New this year will be a new mural dedication honoring the lowrider car culture. The mural, which will be unveiled at Chicano Park Day, is sponsored by the San Diego Lowrider Council. The muralists are Jari “Werc” Alvarez and Victor Cordeno.

Chicano Park is located off Interstate 5 —César Chávez Parkway exit— under the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

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