This month has been a whirlwind of events surrounded by events preparing for the events. Meetings and meetings with community members, with City of Pasadena staff members, district staff members, and students. There have been countless- well, they could be counted, but I'm not going to count them - emails, phone calls and lists. Some in English, some in Spanish, and many in bureaucratese.
None of the above are the highlight of my experiences.
Not that anyone was unpleasant, but I don't revel in this sort of work.
Balancing all of the above was working with the following committee members:
Sandra Abarca, Rozanne Adanto, Kathee Hennigan Bautista, Kevin Bruce, Martha Camacho,
Javier Carbajal-Ramos, Carlos D. Carrillo, Rosa Cesaretti, Deisy Chilin, Jacqueline Chilin,
Sylvia Covarrubias, Christian Cruz, Rosy Cortes, Margarita Dominguez, Ofelia Cavazos Edmondson,
Liz Espinoza, Merrilee Fellows, James Grimes, Sandra M. Gutierrez, Catherine Haskett Hany,
Ruben Hueso, Jose Jimenez, Darlene Leyba, Jose Madera, Don Martinez, Blair Miller,
Leticia Montañez, Yuriko Montes, Gilberto Nañez, Patricia Navarro, Erika Peralta, Leslie Perez,
Hilda Ramirez Horvath, Stephanie Retana, Thelma T. Reyna, Soccoro N. Rocha,
Joyce Roys-Aguilera, Michael Sedano, Carmen Serrano, Connie de la Torre, Luis Torres,
Mary Urtecho Garcia, Christopher Villanueva, Tina Williams, Jacqueline Zavala, Michelle Zavala...
The teacher in me enjoyed watching them work with each other so that when 5 of our 7 vehicles were not functioning we could get 11 people including:
Latino Heritage board members
Grand Marshal, La Santa Cecilia
Honorary Grand Marshal, Dan Guerrero
State Senator, Carol Liu
Mayor, Bill Bogaard
Vice-Mayor, Jacque Robinson
Driver Scott and his son all on to a 1939 truck
Our parade entries varied from the PCC drumline
to the Puente and Unidos students of Marshall High School
and so many more groups that I'll post tomorrow on Latino Heritage blog and fb page.
They were 1,000 strong, marching and chanting with pride on the streets of Pasadena.
For me, this was also the last time that I'll be taking the lead in producing, there I've written it, the event with folks like Fatima and, my dear, dear bro, Kevin.
This last picture, is one of those I will most relish. All the charming young girls I'm seated with don't know who I am, but they mostly didn't mind my sitting with them.
And I'm betting that they didn't know a time when the Parade didn't exist.
They just assume it is.
And that's the way it should be.