The Guelaguetza never ceases to amaze Angelenos

Mryna Castrejón/Chair and Director of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)
August 15, 2022

Impulse Special

Los Angeles, Cal.- After being suspended due to the global contingency of Covid-19, the Guelaguetza Festival, which has been held here every year since 1987, once again surprised both the Oaxacan immigrant community and the rest of the Angelenos, who enjoyed the maximum indigenous Oaxacan party organized by the Oaxaca Regional Organization (ORO).

The party in its 35th edition kicked off with a program starting at 10 in the morning on Sunday, August 14, with the participation of Las Marimbas del Valle and La Calenda, who made way for each of the representative dances of the Oaxacan regions performed. by folk groups already known by the community.

Members of Las Marimbas del Valle.

Among them the Nuevo Antequera Folkloric Ballet, Grupo Princesa Donají and Huaxyacac, as well as the communities of Yalalag and Los Elegidos de Asís, who danced to the tune of the Yatzachi El Bajo Band (YEB), Alma Oaxaqueña and the Memory Band of Santa Cruz Peras. .

This year it was held at Edward Vincent Jr Park in Inglewood, after being held for several consecutive years at Normandie Park in Koreatown, where the Guelaguetza celebration began in Southern California, and later at Lincoln Park, east of the city.

The official ceremony was presided over by Mauro Hernández, president of ORO and members of the Board of Directors, as well as invited personalities.

During the formal act, the city of Los Angeles presented an award to ORO that is part of the Oaxacan Heritage Month, an occasion for different organizations to carry out on their own a sporting, cultural and entertainment event financed by the government. of the State of Oaxaca.

The Guelaguetza is the most traditional and important festival for Oaxacans on both sides of the border, which is why they have a special value as a cultural identity for the community and where it often serves as a meeting and meeting point.

In the celebration, the dances and traditional banda music are enjoyed as well as the rich Oaxacan cuisine driven by the boom it has had in recent years internationally.

This year, as in the past, thousands of Oaxacans and non-Oaxaqueños enjoyed the return of the racial festival to Southern California, making it a success for its organizers, the ORO.

Mauro Hernández president of ORO with the recognition of the City of Los Angeles.