LB to inaugurate Latin-American Parade, Festival this September

The Downtown Long Beach Associates has partnered with the Museum of Latin American Art to produce the first-ever Latin-American Parade & Festival in Downtown on Saturday, September 12, 2009.
The event will begin with parade on Pine Avenue with floats, performers and organizations representing Latin-American countries and cultures. The parade will lead from Pine Avenue into the East Village Arts District, where an outdoor festival will be hosted on 1st Street between Elm and Linden avenues, featuring authentic Latin-American cuisine, art displays and exhibitions, free dance lessons and live musical performances.
“This is an opportunity to reach out to one of the largest populations in Southern California while drawing attention to one of the most important Latin-American cultural assets in the U.S.– the Museum of Latin American Art,” said DLBA and MoLAA Board Member Phil Appleby. “Downtown Long Beach is the perfect setting for such an important celebration of diversity.”
The parade, which will begin at 3pm, is expected to lead directly to the festival with event-goers following behind the last float in a celebratory procession ending at the intersection of Elm Avenue and 1st Street where the festival will be located.
The DLBA has released a call for participants interested in being a part of either the parade or festival (or both). Entertainers, artists, vendors and community groups that serve, celebrate or represent Latin-American culture are encouraged to apply.
Participation forms and additional information about the process are available to download online at

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