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48th Annual Chicano Park Festival

On April 21, 2018, I attended the annual Chicano Park Festival, in Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA. I had read about it a couple years ago and wanted to attend.  I love the artwork there, so wanted to see the additional activities at the festival. 

I spent quite a bit of time walking around the area looking at all the amazing low rider and old cars. This post will be followed up with two posts of photos of cars that were there.

It was quite the family affair with chairs set out next to each car, awnings and other gathering accoutrements, as family and friends showed up to support the car owner.  As you can see from my photos there were many food, clothing and other kinds of vendors.

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There were various groups preforming all day.  The Aztec Dancers were performing while I was there but I couldn’t get up close enough to see them other than the feathers showing up above the crowd, and a dancer walking ahead of me, heading to get ready for his event. I did enjoy the drumming though 🙂

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I noticed this woman dressed up in a wedding gown but with a painted skull face. I don’t know if she was going to perform later or whether she just came that way to the festival.

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Here are three more photos of beautiful murals in the area.  You can click on any photo to enlarge it to see more detail.

I have three older posts you might enjoy, posts about Chicano park and photos of many of the murals.  All photos were taken by me with my Samsung phone camera.

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/chicano-park-barrio-logan-san-diego-ca/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/murals-from-san-diegos-famous-chicano-park/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/more-chicano-park-area-photos/

Hope you enjoyed this post.  Come check out Barrio Logan and Chicano park if you are in the area. They have a monthly art walk, with local galleries and eateries participating.  If you want to go to the yearly festival, you can do a search and find out next years date.  http://chicano-park.com/

Please click “like”  if you like this post,  leave a comment and sign up to follow and receive more! I’ll be posting the next two posts in the next few days.  So heads up for some great looking cars! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. Hope you enjoyed it!

Love, katelon

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Balboa Park December Nights….the daytime!

Ok…part two Balboa Park December Nights.

The park was filled with performances from noon until the closing time close to 12:00. I was only there until 5:30.

I spent quite a bit of time just walking from the north to the south, east to west and back again and again and ……. I was quite restless being around so many people, but I sure got in my exercise for the day. Whew!!!

There were several stages set up to host the various groups. I seemed to end up at the Botanical Garden stage more than the others.

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This is the Classic Divas getting set up.

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Later on the Aspire Tap group started with a droopy toy theme that picked up as the dance went on.

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And lastly the Victorian Christmas Carolers, who had very sweet voices and pretty outfits.

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The Bon Temps Social Club and Gator by the Bay, had a stage on the California Plaza, the main plaza area, with music and dancing all afternoon and evening.

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The Casa del Prado Patio had dancing going on most of the time, with various performances from the Park and Recreation Dept. classes. It was so packed that I gave up attempting to watch anything there.

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The Palisades stage had performances and it was set up on the east side of the Sports museum.

I watched two performances at the Organ Pavilion:

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I caught the end of the Expressions Dance and movement group (no photo), and it was fun to see the young girls dressed up in their dance outfits post performance. There were lots of proud parents.

My favorite group of the day was Colegio Ingles, (in above photo) a large group from Mexico. There was a youth choir and then younger children dressed up in various colorful costumes, for each song, performing simple dance movements.

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You could dress up and have your photo taken.

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You could ride carnival rides.

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You could have your face painted for free by this lovely young lady, which is the first thing I did at the start of the events. http://www.KrysKreations.com

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In addition to many food booths run by local organizations, there were fair vendors everywhere you walked.

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There were food trucks with varied cuisine. There were also the normal Balboa Park restaurants and cafes open, along with food booths set up next to and within the International Cottages area, so you could find food from almost any country.

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There was even the International Spirits area that opened at 3:00 pm, offering Spirits to those who imbibe.

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The SWEA offered various crafts, candy, food and chocolate for sale in the California Quadrangle. I looked for Swedish Meatballs but couldn’t find them.

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I even passed a bride and groom having their wedding photos taken, with all the wedding party looking on. I don’t know if they had the wedding there or just came for the photo op.

There was so much more going on…..a young man I’d seen at the beach, who played awesome blues guitar, using only his feet, as he had no arms; people offering sketches, balloon animals, playing various instruments for change; a magician doing magic shows; all the artists at Spanish Village selling their wares; and of course many Santa stations all over the park for those who wanted their photo taken with Santa.

Fun for all ages!

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Cinco de Mayo Concert in the Park, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Most of my time and energy these last numerous months has gone into intensifying my ongoing work to assist in the transformation of the planet. So I’ve been doing very deep spiritual work 24/7. So when I do get out, I go to my familiar places….Pacific/Mission Beach, Old Town San Diego and Balboa Park, or just walk in the neighborhood. Once the shift comes for the planet, I will be moving on and this blog will get more varied. So thanks for hanging in there 🙂 I’m grateful though that at least between these four locations, I always find interesting and beautiful things to see and enjoy and I hope you enjoy them, too.

Yesterday, I went to the Natural History Museum to see the latest addition to their movies. This is a photo, badly out of focus, sorry, of the poster for the latest new film, “Tiny Giants”. It was 3D, beautifully filmed and a sweet story about the life of a young chipmunk, preparing for winter in the cold forest and a grasshopper field mouse venturing out for the first time, in the venomous Sonora desert and both of them trying to avoid the dangers in their environments.

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When walking out of the museum I noticed this model of a Great White Shark:

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I have walked Balboa Park often but never noticed the sculptures of the naked women that look to be holding up the roof of the San Diego History Museum:

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I took a break to eat my packed picnic dinner and read and then headed over to the Cinco de Mayo Concert in the park. I got there to hear some of the practicing, as the crowd started to fill in the seats. The concert showcases students from San Diego State University and is put on by the Kiwanis Club of San Diego and supported by other donors as well. It is also a fund raiser to raise scholarship funds for students.

During the concert there were some great remarks shared about the importance and history of Cinco de Mayo and the contribution to the US made by the 1862 victory at Puebla in Mexico when the much smaller and under resourced army beat the undefeated for 50 years and much bigger French army.

The first group to play and sing was the SDSU Mariachi group:

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The next group to sing was the SDSU Cinco de Mayo Choir:

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Here’s a little shaky video of them singing “Sway (Quien Sera):

The next group to play was the SDSU Jazz Enzemble:

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And here they are playing a somewhat long but interesting piece, “The Goombay Smash” by Steve Owen, and it alternates between a salsa and sambo beat:

Lastly the group got back together, with everyone on stage, to do two more numbers:

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I love Latin music and culture, studied Salsa dancing and grew up around Latin culture so love the music. All the groups were very talented.

I took this last shot of this very uninhibited little girl who stood up to the side of the stage, amongst the columns and danced the entire concert:

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It was a lovely afternoon and evening and as I walked back to my car through the ends of the sunset, I was grateful to have this refuge in the city to welcome me and give me respite during the intensity of the work I am presently doing.

If you get a chance, come check out Balboa Park and it’s many offerings and the musical skills of the students at San Diego State University.

Balboa Park, San Diego, July 27th, 2014

I decided to head over to Balboa Park on Sunday, July 27th, to hear an organ concert. Many of the listeners came equipped with umbrellas. I sought out the shade of a tree and sat on the ground:) The acoustics are so wonderful, the architecture so beautiful.

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When the concert was over I decided to head to the Botanical Garden. I had read about the orchid show in the garden. Here are some photos I took of the various orchids. Keep in mind these pictures were taken with a camera phone….low end camera at that, as I haven’t made the move to a smart phone yet. I think the pictures turned out pretty well though.

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After leaving the garden, I walked by a Father and daughter, sitting on a bench, with a beautiful orchid plant sitting next to them. I stopped to comment on it and the man directed me to a show and orchid sale going on in a nearby building. Here are photos of two of the orchids there.

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Next I headed over to lay on the ground and soak up the root energy of this tree that has the distinction of having one of the largest expanses in the world. On the way there, I passed by the “pirates” dangling from the building, advertising the ongoing pirate exhibition.

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Lastly, on the way back, I stopped near the butterfly garden and noticed a bench memorial for the great activist Harvey Milk. A sweet ending to a sweet afternoon.

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