April 30, 2004


Imperial Beach — Take three cities, two countries, and one people, bring them together through a three-day cross border cultural celebration, and you have a rare event. The first Fiesta del Río cultural celebration is open to all residents in San Diego and Baja region for three days. On Friday, May 14 the event takes place at the Tijuana Municipal Plaza. On Saturday, May 15, the only U.S. stop, will be at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza and Tijuana River Valley County Park. On Sunday, May 16 the Parque Miguel Hidalgo in Tecate will be the final location.

“We want people to know more about the local history and that history can be fun!” said Anne Marie Tipton, event chairperson, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. “It’s about peoples’ connection with the land. We want folks to come every year to the Fiesta Del Río to get a thorough understanding of our region’s roots.”

On Saturday, May 15, the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza and Tijuana River Valley Regional Park off Hollister will be open to the public with events, music, dance and food booths.

12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies at Pier Plaza Stage

1:00 The Expedition to Alta California Play by Daniel Valdez

1:20 Los Californios Band — Spanish Period Music (1769-1821)

2:00 Los Californios Band – Mexican Period Music (1821-1846) and Los Bailadores

2:30 Audience Dancing led by Dance Masters from Los Bailadores

3:00 Mariachis with Ballet Folklorico dancers from Sweetwater Union High School District

3:30–7:00 Californio Barbeque at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park with petting zoo, period equestrian entertainment, and trick roping lessons with Tony Muñoz.

Also at Imperial Beach’s Pier Plaza the children’s activities are as follows:

12:30 -1:00 Hoop and Pole (Kumeyaay) Game

1:00-1:30 Water Relay – Water ladle and tubs race

1:30- 2:00 Carrera del Gallo (Californio) – Mexican period relay race with wood rooster

2:00-2:30 Hoop and Pole (Kumeyaay)

2:30-3:00 Water Relay (with ladle and tubs)

3:00-3:30 Carrera del Gallo (Californio)

For more information, please call the Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center in Imperial Beach at 619/575-3613 or visit www.fiestadelrio.com

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