A colorful celebration of Fiestas Patrias in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA– It was 6-year-old Valerie Sanchez Lopez’s suggestion– not her father and mothers’– to put on a lace-trim, red, environment-friendly and also white Mexican gown to Santa Ana’s 37th Fiestas Patrias celebration on Sunday.

“I like it due to the fact that the shades are brilliant and also they’re the shades of the (Mexican) flag,” she claimed in Spanish.

That spirit was specifically just what Agustin Sanchez, 49, had wished to see from his American-born daughter. He brought her, his boy and also his better half from their residence in Lake Forest for the day considering that Santa Ana is the only city in Orange Region that throws a Fiestas Patrias occasion around the Sept. 16 wedding anniversary of Mexico’s self-reliance.

“For us, it is very important and we celebrate each year,” Sanchez claimed in Spanish. “As well as we need to introduce Mexican society and also its self-reliance to the children.”

The family members was just one of several which delighted in traditional Mexican efficiencies, Latino fare and mini carnival-style trips on 4th and also Third streets Saturday and also Sunday. On the last mid-day, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Mario Cuevas, consul of Mexico in Orange Region, led a parade from Key and 15th roads to Santa Ana Boulevard in a horse-drawn carriage.

“Viva Mexico!” spectators chanted when they saw acquainted faces or their Mexican state represented.

Other crowd-pleasers were horses with expensive footwork, dancers in elaborate costumes and Santa Ana pupil bands.

Santa Ana resident Amy Ayala, 13, walked the parade in an ornate crown and a hot pink gown for the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

“It was a great deal of individuals– I have no idea ways to explain it,” she claimed of the experience.

Concerning 200,000 people participated in for the parade alone, according to Marco Balleza, a leisure leader with the city’s Parks, Recreation as well as Community Services Firm.

“Generally, I simply saw amazing individuals merely appreciating themselves today,” Balleza claimed.

Apart from the parade, the food booths were the best tourist attraction Sunday, with tacos of all kinds, tortas, pupusas, funnel pies as well as aguas frescas, or fruit beverages.

Though thousands of people came from across the county, the crowd size has actually decreased from a couple of years ago, stated Micaela Gonzalez, 40, which has actually sold aguas frescas at Fiestas Patrias for nine years.

“It’s sweetened down; it used to be really hectic. There was a whole lot more video games,” she said. “I presume the investment (from the city) was there before and currently it’s simply quiet.”

Gonzalez– who still had 14 jars of aguas frescas Sunday mid-day– stated she didn’t expect making an earnings this year. Yet delighting people with her aguas frescas is her enthusiasm, she claimed.

“Why do I maintain doing it?” she claimed. “Due to the fact that I enjoy it. It’s just a part of me.”

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