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Chicano Park Day embraces its cultural roots with festival

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by J. Rae Chipera, City Times

by J. Rae Chipera, City Times

by J. Rae Chipera, City Times

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After gaining a place on the National Register of historic places, Chicano Park was full of people celebrating Chicano Park Day on April 20.

“It’s a very cultural day. I appreciate it when people come out, dress up and show society the culture,” said Raquel Lopez, 21, who is studying humanistic psychology at City College

“It’s lovely for people to come together for a day and celebrate Earth and life, and have peace in the community and put worries to the side.” said City College student Jaquelin Lopez, 24, studying urban agriculture.

Aztec Dancer

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Daniel Guevara, a traditional Aztec dancer from Mexico City, models his traditional Aztec traje throughout Chicano Park Day. He performs dances that were created by his ancestors and are taught from generation to generation.

“They come from a long way,” Guevara said.

Traditional Aztec traje’s are usually made from leather and Earth materials, but Guevara made his traje with materials that were available to him. His pectoral is significant because the ancient symbols represent the journey and struggles of life.

Low Rider

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Ruben Ramirez is one of the 17 members of the San Diego Oldies Car Club.

“It’s in my nature. I’ve done it since I was a kid.” Ramirez said, referring to restoring cars.

He restored the 1949 Chevrolet pickup that he built for his grandson who is currently 8-years-old. Ramirez and his son, Ruben Roberto, both did the wood work and railing on the pickup, and paint job done by Marlo’s Paint in National City.

“It’s a passion. It brings everything back to life.” Ramirez said.

Ramirez was born and raised in Logan Heights and has been living in San Diego his whole life.

Mexican Traditional dress

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City’s Spanish Club member, Carolina C. Yepiz, wore a traditional Mexican dress from Jalisco, Michoacán. The Spanish Club promotes the traditions of Spanish culture and assists students in learning the Spanish language and culture as well.

Mexican Traditional dance

Mexican dance

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Cythia Reyes and Cecilia Ramirez, two members of the Nanahvatzin Ballet Folklorico, perform a traditional Mexican dance in the Kiosko.

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