OCT 19

Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Festival

Sat Oct 19 10 a.m.
Time since event 5 months, 3 weeks

Hello Chapter members,

Don't Let Me Come Home a Stranger

Some of you already know that our Pasadena Foothills CCL chapter is going to participate in the Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Festival in 3 weeks, October 19. This is a beginning step in an effort to get the word out about our proposed remedy for climate change, but perhaps more importantly in our first effort, get more people thinking and talking about the climate crisis and give them hope for finding solutions. Please join us!

The parade begins at 10AM at Washington Park (El Molino and Washington) and travels less than a mile an a half (mostly down Los Robles) to Villa Park, a block north of the 210 Freeway. See below for more details. No telling what the weather will be like, but it will be a lot of fun, joining together, surrounding our parade car (a Chevrolet Volt), carrying the CCL banner, and waving and greeting people, mingling with folks on the street, and handing out information cards and brochures. The parade should be over around noon. Bilingual Spanish/English speakers would have the greatest flexibility, but it would be great to have at least a couple dozen participants in the parade, including adults and children, so even if you don't speak Spanish, your presence is important. Following on the heels of the empowering actions of this past Climate Week, the timing is very good to keep the momentum alive.

The Fair begins at noon and runs until 4PM. We'd like to have a couple of tablers there throughout, perhaps in 2 hour shifts. The festival will feature music, food, dance, and recognition of dignitaries. Please contact Rex to sign up for the parade and/or tabling at the festival or ask any questions you have. I left included my email address and  phone number in a message sent out to chapter members.  If you don't have access to that, send your contact information and questions  to ccl.foothills@gmail.com and I'll get back to you.  

A few more details: Although the parade is set to start at 10AM, entries farther back in the line-up (we don't yet know our position) may not begin to move onto the route until later. II think the organizers would like to have participants in place by 10AM. The starting point, Washington Park, is at 700 E. Washington (corner of Washington and El Molino). The parade turns right on the next street, Prescott and turns left on Los Robles and the rest of the route leads down a gentle hill to Villa Park (363 E. Villa.) Parking and traffic flow around both parks will be somewhat controlled and restricted, so you might have to walk a couple of blocks and carpooling is recommended. After the parade, you can either walk back to your car (mostly uphill) or we can arrange to have a few cars planted near Villa Park to take people back to their cars.

If you have a CCL cap or shirt, please wear it! And if you want to buy one, you can do it online at https://www.zazzle.com/store/citizens_climate. If you want to do this, there is still time, but you should do it by Oct. 7.  With shipping, a hat will cost about $30 and a shirt will be $25-$30.  Don't worry if you don't have them.  I have been meeting with the organizers every week or so to help organize the parade and they have been very welcoming and friendly. The theme of the parade is "Latinos in the 21st Century" We hope that fighting the climate crisis is part of their future. There are some 20-30 countries in Latin America, and the Tournament of Roses President, Laura Farber, is from Argentina, and she is also the Grand Marshall for the Latino Heritage Parade this year. There is definitely some good synergy going on here, so let's be part of it! To get a better idea of what other kinds of entries are in the parade, you can watch the 2017 parade at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjRDfGT6tXU.