45th Chicano Park Day Celebration on April 25

The 45th annual Chicano Park Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community, south of downtown San Diego, under the San Diego-Coronado bridge. The theme will be “El Movimiento Continues: 45 years of Protesta, Cultura, y 40 years of Danza Azteca.” Admission to this event is free.

Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history. Chicano Park has been listed on the California Register of Historical Resources since 1997 and on the National Register of Historic Place on January 2013.

Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the most beautiful performances of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. In addition, there will be other dance groups including ballet folklorico troupes, live bands, and speakers. The celebration also will include a display of classic lowrider cars organized by the Amigos Car Club, kids of all ages art workshop led by Victor Ochoa and his volunteers, and various informational booths. Food, arts and crafts vendors will sell their specialties throughout Chicano Park. The family event is always free and open to the public.

Thanks to Consuelo Manriquez (Caliposas Press) and all the musicians, artists, volunteers and raffle prize donors for contributing to another successful and fun Chicano Park Day Fundraiser this past March 1st! It was a fantastic afternoon and all proceeds go to help pay for Chicano Park Day, hosted by the all-volunteer Chicano Park Steering Committee.

Gracias to Erick De La Rosa and Chicano Art Gallery (Cesar Castaneda),& all the artists and supporters who came to the art fundraiser benefit last fall. All proceeds help offset costs for 45th Chicano Park Day celebration. Over 50 artists showcased work priced at $100 or less.

Please note that no dogs, other than service dogs, are allowed at the event. Event organizers thank you for your cooperation. Public Transportation: Bus route #11 or take the blue line trolley to the Barrio Logan station or the orange line to 25th and Commercial. For alternate routes, check out www.sdmts.com/Tripplanner.asp

The CPSC is a grassroots organization comprised of individuals who volunteer their time and energy to ensure that the original stated goals of the development and expansion of Chicano Park “all the way to the bay” are never forgotten or abandoned.

The CPSC is a vibrant and seasoned community organization intricately involved with community issues and is here to stay. We also find time to conduct the annual Chicano Park Day Celebrations. Most CPSC members have jobs and families and that makes their dedication to the spirit of Chicano Park even more special. Take a look around Chicano park today. All that you see represents the fruits of our labor for the past 30 years. The Chicano Park Steering Committee: a group of people who dared to share a dream and work to make that dream become a reality.

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