October 7, 2005

Fiesta del Rio to be Held in Imperial Beach Saturday, October 8

Celebrating the Tijuana Estuary and Its Cultures: Where Nature and Nations Meet

Imperial Beach – Fiesta del Río is truly a rare event, blending history and environmental education in a fun and entertaining way. It is a time to celebrate our California heritage and the 25th Anniversary of Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge. The second Fiesta del Río celebration is open to all residents in San Diego. The FREE event takes place at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza.

“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, October 8, the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza will be open to the public with events, music, and dance.

12:00 p.m. Kumeyaay Blessing by Jane Dumas

12:30pm Traditional Singer from California, Stan Rodriguez

1:00 pm Go Fish! with Imperial Beach Elementary students directed by Patrice Young and Patti Day

1:30 pm Expedition Story, Agustin Castañeda

2:00 pm Los Diegos, Mexican Period Music

2:20 pm Performance and Audience Dancing led by Dance Ethnologist and Historian Richard Duree and Partner Ruth Levin

3:00 pm Dr. Zoolittle

3:30 pm Mariachi Ciudad Nacional and Ballet Folklorico

Ongoing Van tours of the Reserve, Booths of Reserve Partners, and Wildlife Art Demonstrations with Brother John Spoon

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)

Ongoing Cascarones: Children decorate eggs filled with birdseed

Ongoing Coloring Project: Historic illustrations of `Spanish period friar and soldier

Event Highlights

Highlights of Saturday’s event includes Dr. Zoolittle, an adorable Go Fish! play from Imperial Beach Elementary, Mexican period music and dancing, and exciting mariachi music and ballet folklorico to cap off the day.

Event History/Background: This is a celebration of the peoples, cultures, history, and environment of the San Diego/Northern Baja region surrounding the Tijuana River

Estuary, an area that in the past has been home to Kumeyaay, Spanish and Californio alike. Held in Imperial Beach it commemorates the Rivera/Crespí Expedition that camped in the Tijuana River Estuary on May 13, 1769, marking the Spanish expansion into what now comprises the San Diego/Tijuana metro area.

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