Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dan Guerrero, Honorary Grand Marshal

Typically I share a picture or two about a given subject.  There is usually the formal picture that was taken on a special occasion.  Can't do that in this case.  

Our 2013 Honorary Grand Marshal is Dan Guerrero, who is also the son of our first Grand Marshal, Lalo Guerrero.   Some might have found themselves lost in their father's shadow, but not Dan - well, not for very long.

Over the span of his 73 years Dan has been a student at the Pasadena Playhouse

a young dancer

who became an actor and a mover in New York

and eventually moved on to become a producer, director, writer, and booster of Chicano and Latino talent on his return to California.  He has produced: PBS Kennedy Center Concert of the Americas, Vikki Carr: Memories/Memorias,  Navidad en las Americas, as well as Al Dia con Maria Conchita and El Show de Paul Rodriguez, the latter being perhaps the very first talk/variety program hosted by a Chicano.   

He was the producer of the first, large Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in 1997.  He co-poroduced and co-worte Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano.   

He has been recognized as "one of the 25 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood".   The Dan Guerrero Collection on Latino Entertainment and the Arts has been established in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In his 60s he wrote about his life journey.  

¡Gaytino! is his one man play that is "touching, hilarious, and absolutely one-of-a-kind";  as is Dan.
We are thrilled that he is our Honorary Grand Marshal.

images via Dan Guerrero  and ¡Gaytino! websites.

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