Wednesday, October 1, 2008

2008 Parade and Jamaica ~ "Our History, Our Heritage"

The 10th Annual Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica is just around the corner!!! Here are some of the things you can look forward to on Saturday, October 11th:

The 10th Annual Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica will showcase the strong cultural and historical roots of Latinos, surrounded by a day of Living History. The parade route begins at Los Robles Ave. (north of Washington Blvd.) and ends at La Pintoresca Park. The Jamaica [community fair] features free arts and crafts, music, dance, exhibitors, and Latino foods. The site includes La Pintoresca Library and opens a new chapter related to literacy with story telling, an author’s panel, and discovery of culture through books and computers!

Leading the parade is Pasadena resident Suzanna Guzmán, Mezzo Soprano. She is the well-known radio host of L.A. Opera Notes; producer, writer and host of Sunday Evening Opera; and featured in "Latinas: the Spirit of California" at The California Museum for Women, History and the Arts in Sacramento. Manuel Contreras of the Pasadena Mexican American History Association will be our inaugural Community Grand Marshal.

There will be more than 30 entries in the parade this year, making it the largest to date!

CAVA will be in concert sharing her Afro-Cuban beats and some Taiko drumming, too. There will be a belly-dancing lesson; Old Fashioned games for children; arts and crafts for the whole family; Ofrendas remembering our Loved Ones; and a Historical Fashion Show.

The Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica is an event coordinated by Latino Heritage – an organization founded to promote cultural events and educational opportunities - bridging communities and generations while sharing the arts, culture, heritage and history of the Latino community of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. The Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica is coordinated by a volunteer team and underwritten by private donations and sponsors.

See you October 11th!!

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