Monday, October 28, 2013

Part of the Parade, part 2

Being a part of cute, community parade can be so many different experiences. 

It can mean that you are as much being seen as seeing those who are watching you,

having fun and expressing multiple roles while taking part in an intimate celebration,

appearing a bit intimidated while walking at the head of a group,

looking just as smart at the end of the parade as you did while you were marching,

 embracing the past and the future in a single image, 


receiving kudos
for the quiet support you have given over years that made this all possible - 
2013 Doña Eulalia Award 
recipients - 
Alex Schultz & Diane Walker

Images courtesy Brian Biery - link below.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Part of the Parade, part 1

Top images courtesy Brian Biery - link below.

Longfellow Elementary School

Mother's Club Family Learning Center

Pasadena Unified School District, All-district Marching Band

Cleveland Elementary School

Pasadena City College, drumline

Charros Unidos, Tombarazo band

Pasadena High School

Puente Program and Unidos Club, Marshall High School

Lumina Academy

LA Pintoresca Teen Education Center and Ambassadors welcoming the Parade marchers and 
Parade watchers to La Pintoresca Library and Park.
Photo by Rachel Young of Pasadena Now.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Button images with deep, deep meanings,

Thanks to Annette Armas of CJ's Angels who has donated use of these images for the Latino Heritage Parade & jamaica volunteers.  There are beautiful round buttons we'll be wearing on our tees.

We  are lucky to be able to wear them so that all of the 1,000 Parade participants and then the many people who come to the jamaica will be able to find Committee member who can help answer questions.

So looking forward to seeing all the ninas and ninos in the Parade tomorrow.

Please come out and cheer them on.

15th Annual Latino Heritage 

Parade 11:00 a.m.
Los Robles at Howard to Washington and then La Pintoresca Park.

The jamaica runs from noon to 4:00 p.m.
La Pintoresca Library and Park

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Through a "mostly Mexicans lived here" filter

Listening to the stories shared by the elders who grew up here and whose families are a part of the history of this area usually leads us to all sorts of other questions.  Once of the questions most often asked is, "Where did the Mexicanos and Mexican Americans live?"
Here is the answer I was given by Dave Ruiz.  His relatives owned and ironworks at the turn of the 20th Century, an uncle was in the U.S. Army in WWI, and he made mention of this certain chamaco who wore a zoot suit in Pasadena.
Gracias to Dave and to all our Elders who lived through so much and who share their stories with us that we might share with others.

Map stitched together by James Grimes.
Info from Old School Pasadenan Dave Ruiz.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Guest Columnist Michael Sedano

Busy week.  Parade is Saturday.
Thank goodness for guest columnist, Michael Sedano.
I believe he's the editor for La Bloga.
How to describe La Bloga?
Arts/Humanities and more
Its facebook about page: Company Overview
Chicana, Chicano, Latina, Latino and more.  Literature, Children's Literature, News Views & Reviews. 
Link below.

Pasadena's 15th annual Latino Heritage March and Jamaica will be the area's largest celebration, after the annual Rose Parade and a football game. Not even the silly "Doo-Dah" parade comes close. But read the newspapers or watch teevee news, people would think the doo-doo and the desfile de las rosas were the city's only major parades.

For a decade and a half, La Pintoresca Park and branch library in the city's northwest has filled with the excitement of drill teams, marching bands, gritos and games. For the 15th year now, the event returns, free and open to everyone who loves a parade. And a jamaica.

And this year, a literary event.

Kicking off at 12:30 is Rick Najera, who signs his new book until 1:25. Thereafter, two panels of raza writers entertain and inform inside the charming La Pintoresca Library.

Michael Sedano (moderator and panelist) introduces panelists Andrea Mauk, Randy Ertll, Ricardo Acuña.

Thelma T. Reyna (moderator and panelist) introduces panelists Alex Moreno Areyan, Luis Torres, Gerda Govine Ituarte.


Thanks to Thelma T. Reyna and Michael Sedano for their generous donation of labor and love 
for this literary event. 

On the 210 Freeway that passes through Pasadena, take the Fair Oaks exit, North.North, or toward the mountains, drive up 1.5 miles to Washington Blvd.You'll see the park and La Pintoresca Library on the northeast corner.Street parking provides the only challenge to attenders.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

2013 - ¡Celebrando los 15!

You never know who will be in our Parade or what our Parade will look like.

Come, check it out.
Saturday, October 19th.  
Parade - 11:00 a.m.
jamaica at La Pintoresca - noon to 4:00 p.m.
Authors in La Pintoresca Llibrary - 12:30- 3:30 p.m.