Sunday, October 7, 2012

What a grand day it was!

Don't look for any parade pictures on this post.  You won't find them.

The parade is wonderful and has great meaning, but the jamaica has so much that often isn't covered.  
Yesterday was focused on 1840-1860 as far as historical content was concerned and, yes, this was an even that was focused on Latino experience and history, but some things cross all cultural lines and linguistic divisions.

The pride of elders looking at the future unfolding before their eyes, 

Maria Mitchell and PMAHA President Manny Contreras
a group smile for a job well done,
Carmen Serrano - Madison Elementary, Sandra Guiterrez - Chairperson, Javier Carbajal-Ramos  - PCC
bringing history alive through old time games,
Students and Education Chair, Kathee Bautista
keeping culture alive through performance
Sol y Luna dancers with Gabriela de Leon
 connecting science and history thanks to a water pump wagon
Michael Crosby of Rancho Los Encinos

or learning about more than science from the students of Caltech.

photos - James Grimes

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Planting Dreams" Parade Participants

Thanks to all our volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring you a great event.  

A special nod of recognition to Parade Logistics Chair, Catherine Haskett Hany.  
She has been handily assisted by Leticia Montañez and Carmen Serrano.  
These ladies rock!

Here is the current list of groups that will be in the 2012 Latino Heritage parade & jamaica.

Blair Army JROTC
Blair Viking Band
Latino Heritage
Queen & Court Fiestas Patrias 2012 - Villa Parke
Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, Madison, Washington, Altadena Learns
Visual Art and Design Academy
Eliot Middle School Band & Spirit Team
San Rafael Elementary School
Shopping Cart Mini-Floats
Ballet Folklorico Sol y Luna
Charros Unidos de Pasadena-Altadena
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena
SEED Program
Wilson Middle School
Wilson Middle School Drum Corp
Keiki O Ka Aina
Pasadena Mexican American History Assocation
Villa Parke Community Center
McKinley School
Pasadena Latino Forum
John Muir Mighty Mustang Marching Band
CHAP - Community Health Alliance of Pasadena
John Muir Drum Corps
Madison Elementary School
Families Growing Together
El Centro de Acción Social
Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team
Cleveland Elementary School
Pasadena City Drumline and/or Colorguard
Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
Mother's Club Family Learning Center
Don Benito Elementary School
Lumina Academy
Washington Accelerated Elementary
Pasadena High School Bulldog Marching Band

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ready for us

This is our 14th year.  The third year that we will have 1, 000 entries in the parade.  The first year that we will have reps from each of the Pasadena Unified School District high schools.
Okay, the image isn't clear.  It's very pixilated.  
But there is NO missing the joy that these Senoras are expressing as they see their community members dancing, marching, and walking down Washington Blvd.!

Please come join us this Saturday.  And tell your friends.  There might be room on the bench for you!