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Chicano Park Celebrates 40 Years



    This weekend, a series of free outdoor music and art festivals are filling San Diego streets and parks. In addition to ArtWalk in Little Italy and Roots Fest on Adams, the 40th annual Chicano Park Day, located in Barrio Logan, is being held April 24 from 10 am to 5 pm. 

    According to Chicano Park Day's website, the festival was "established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, and has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history."

    Open to the public, the 40th birthday celebration offers traditional music and dance performances, coordinated by Toltecas en Aztlán, as well as live bands on two stages. The day-long event offers authentic food, arts & crafts and a children's workshop led by acclaimed muralist Victor Ochoa.  For car enthusiasts, a classic low rider show is being held by the Amigos Car Club.

    The theme of this year's event is "La Tierra Mia" --  or "Our Land" -- and seeks to preserve and protect Chicano Park. For more information, call (619) 563-4661.