By Annie Lane
Surrounded by the famous murals that make Chicano Park a powerful and spiritual refuge on a regular day, it is impossible not to be affected by the deep traditions that make up the Chicano culture while visiting during the 43rd annual Chicano Park Day.
Not even the blistering sun could keep thousands from coming to celebrate throughout the day. This year marks the first that the park and its murals have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since being established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970.
The event showcased classic cars, vendors, food, music and Aztec dancers, and was attended by couples and families alike — many of whom have been taking part in this celebration for years.
“I was 13 years old when I first donned feathers on my head and rattles on my feet for the 19th annual Chicano Park Day celebration,” writes Barrio Logan resident Olympia Andrade Beltrán in her article, Drums Beat at the Heart of Chicano Park. “… It’s a beautiful feeling, looking out at elders with their grandchildren, fathers and sons in homeboy t-shirts clad with images of Cuauhtemoc and lowriders, and sharing this connection to the ancestors with them.”
The event ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. For more information about the park, visit chicano-park.org.
All photos by Annie Lane.
Originally published on April 21, 2013.
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