April 24, 2009
Mujeres, Adelitas del Parque! is the theme of the 39th Annual Chicano Park Day to be held on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, in historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community, south of downtown San Diego. This family event is free and open to the public.
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.
Herman Baca, chairman of the Committee on Chicano Rights, is scheduled to be keynote speaker at 3:30 pm.
This year’s Chicano Park Day Anniversary celebration is dedicated to all the women that have put their hearts and souls into the development and preservation of the park. In addition, the event will acknowledge all women who, with determination and self-empowerment, have worked diligently towards improving their communities. The women will be honored during the midday flag-raising ceremony,
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 Aztán. Other dance groups scheduled to perform are Ballet Foklórico de Gompers Charter Middle School, Ballet Folklórico Extlahuac Collot de El Cajon, Ballet Folklórico Esperanza de Fallbrook, Ballet Folklórico Aquetzalli de Lemon Grove, as well as other dance groups, Mujeres en Resistencia, La Movida, and Los Chinelos de Morelos. Live bands performing this year include Breezin’, Jessie Cuevas & Kris Kraft, Ledesma Brothers, The Message Band, Pachuco José y Los Boogie Boys, Afro-Mestizo. The celebration will also feature musical performance by Koryn Cuevas, Angel Lita y Fuego Sureño, Los Románticos. The event will also include a recitation by Peter Ochoa from Corky Gonzales’ work, ‘I am Joaquin’ and blessing by Tim Red Birds’ Red Warriors.
In addition, there will be a display of classic low rider cars presented by Amigos Car Club and children’s art workshop led by muralist Victor Ochoa. Food, arts and crafts vendors will be selling their specialties throughout chicano Park, as well as informational booths.
Sunday, April 26th, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Aztec Dance ceremony.