April 14, 2000

Chicano Park to Celebrate 30th Anniversary With Weekend Festival

Tierra, Liberación y Revolución will be the theme of this year's 30th anniversary weekend celebration of Chicano Park day which takes place on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, at Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community, south of downtown San Diego. This family celebration is free and open to the public.

(L to R) Maria Giaroa, Carmen "Kalo" Linares, and Monica Bernal.

Chicano Park, which was taken over and established by Chicano activists on april 22, 1970, has received worldwide recognition as a superior public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history.

Beginning Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Chicano Park Day visitors will experience traditional music and dance, as well as contemporary Latin jazz, rock en Español, poets and visual arts. There will also be a rare display of classic low rider cars presented by Amigos Car Club. In addition, food, arts and craft vendors will be selling their specialties.

On Easter Sunday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Chicano Park will be the site of one of the largest performances of Aztec indigenous ceremonies and dance. The day will begin with a 10:00 a.m. Easter Mass and continue with more music, poetry and dance from a number of noted artists. Children's activities will include an Easter egg hunt and astro jumps. Food, art and craft vendors will once again offer their signature goods.

Chicano Park is located off Interstate 5 (Crosby Street exit), under the San Diego-Coronado bridge.

Chicano Park Day weekend is organized and sponsored by the Brown Berets de Aztlan, Danza Mexi'coytl, Amigos Car Club, Calaca Press and Union del Barrio.

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