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Bands, students, senior citizens and a diverse group of residents marched from Warren Lane Elementary School to Rogers Park where one of the largest celebrations honoring the late Cesar Chavez was held recently.
The 8th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Unity March, Recognition Ceremony and Celebration drew a crowd of thousands to the park to dance to music, enjoy a wide array of cultural activities and enjoy remarks by Maria Elena Chavez, niece of the late Cesar Chavez, who was this year's guest of honor.
The event which is sponsored by the City of Inglewood and the Inglewood Unified School District got underway at 10:00 a.m. at Warren Lane Elementary School and threaded its way through the streets of Inglewood with a procession of state and local officials who were joined by residents and community groups.
The day's festivities included live performances by the Bob Desena Latin Jazz Band, Danza Huitzlilopochtli, Oak Street Ballet Folklorico Dancers, El Venadito Estrada and Mariachi Guadalajara.
Highlighting the celebration were presentations by the dynamic winners of the Cesar Chavez Day speech contest. Winners were selected in four grade categories representing the early elementary (K-2), elementary (3-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) grade levels.
Activities were held for the entire family, including arts and crafts, interactive and carnival style games, face painting, vendor booths and a soccer tournament featuring the 6th Annual "Cesar Chavez Day Cup".
For more information about participating in next years' Cesar Chavez Day Celebration, contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (310) 412-8700.