Not Jamaica the lovely islands in the Antilles, but jamaica with a little “j,” pronounce ha-my-ca, which is a traditional community fair.
This year’s 14th Annual Latino Heritage Parade on Saturday, October 6th, will begin at Howard Street and Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena and have its jamaica at La Pintoresca Park.
The Armory Center for the Arts will offer craft workshops and there will be ballet folklórico, historical displays, storytellers, book signings by local authors, and of course, food. Kids will be able to make corn husk dolls, art from recycled objects, a quilt patch, and many other activities. Games will include Jacob’s Ladder and Coper Twirl toys, a horseshoe toss, a water brigade relay, and a Gold Rush dig.
Leading the parade as Grand Marshall will be author and scholar David Hayes-Bautista, a professor at UCLA. He’s written (and will be signing) El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition. The parade’s Community Grand Marshall is El Portal owner Abel Ramirez who ardently supports Pasadena area arts, culture, and schools.
“This year’s theme of ‘Planting Dreams: Sembrando Sueños’ celebrates the 1840-1860 era, when the culture, government, and lifestyle were altered by the incorporation of California into the United States.”
14th Annual Latino Heritage parade & jamaica
Saturday, Oct. 6th: parade at 11 a.m.; jamaica, 12-4 p.m.
Parade begins at Howard St. and Los Robles Ave.
Jamaica at La Pintoresca Park, 45 E. Washington Blvd. at Fair Oaks
For more info, visit latinoheritageparade.org call 626.272.4928