Shaila Durcal Leads Latin American Parade this Saturday
2010-09-23 · By Editor
The Second Annual Long Beach Latin American Parade and Festival takes place this Saturday, September 25, in Downtown Long Beach, beginning at 1pm with the parade down Pine Avenue from 6th Street to Broadway, and then continuing on to the festival in the East Village Arts District at First and Linden until 9pm.
Shaila Durcal (pictured) will serve as Celebrity Marshal. Twenty tickets to Durcal’s upcoming concert in Pomona will be given away during the event.
Durcal is a platinum-selling singer and Latino Grammy nominee. Her latest work includes her new album Corazón Ranchero, an expression of her love for Mexico and its music – a love instilled in her by her mother, legendary Mariachi and Ranchera singer, Rocío Dúrcal.
“First, I want to thank Councilmember Robert Garcia and the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) for the vision to establish the annual Latin American Parade & Festival and I’m honored to be part of an important event that celebrates our Latino culture and heritage,” Durcal said. “I’m humbled to have been named the Celebrity Grand Marshal for the parade in the beautiful City of Long Beach. Thank you!”
Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero, who was recently nominated to a Federal post by President Obama, will serve as Grand Marshal.
“We’re very excited to have Senorita Durcal and Commissioner Cordero as our Marshals,” said Councilmember Garcia. “This festival will bring visitors to Long Beach from around the region, and that’s great for our city.”
The Community Marshals are Jessica Quintana, Director of Centro CHA, and Tony Cruz, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador. The Parade and Festival are hosted by the Office of Councilmember Garcia and the DLBA.
The parade will feature more than 40 entries and more than 900 participants, including the Cabrillo High School Marching Band and Drill Team, Ballet Folklorico Dancers, Aztec Dancers, The Aquarium of the Pacific, the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Fire and Police Departments and many others.
The festival will more than double in size compared to last year, taking up two entire City blocks with 57 vendors that will include: Latin American Art, Handmade Clothing & Jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Hats, Dance Instructors, Community Groups and delicious Latin American Cuisine.
Food vendors will include Mexican, Honduran, Peruvian, Caribbean and Puerto Rican vendors serving up items such as Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Sausages, Papusas, Aguas Frescas, Churros, Kettle Corn and more.
The Children’s Area will include face painting, a bounce house and an interactive arts & crafts area hosted by the Museum of Latin American Art and the Long Beach Arts Council.
Live entertainment will be featured on the Gaucho Grill Main Stage as well as a second performance area added to accommodate the incredible response from those interested in participating. Entertainment will include:
- El Presidente (Latin Hip Hop Artist)
- Tropicaleiza (Afro-Samba dance group)
- La Flor de Cachanilla (Ranchero singer)
- Club Guadalajara (Ballet Folklorico)
- Alma Latina (Salsa Dancers)
- Rubankete (Salsa Orchestra)
- Other entertainment/activities will include: Salsa lessons, Tango lessons, Mariachi and the hottest Latin beats spun by DJ Bliss.
More than 7,500 attendees are expected to participate in this year’s event.
For more information about the Parade and Festival, visit www.dlba.org/lapf , or contact the office of Councilmember Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (562) 570-6919.