San Luis marks 39th an­niver­sary with pa­rade, fes­ti­val

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY CE­SAR NEYOY BAJO EL SOL

SAN LUIS, Ariz. – San Luis will mark nearly four decades of city­hood on Satur­day when res­i­dents re­vive the an­nual Founders Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Af­ter a two-year hia­tus, the cel­e­bra­tion that marks the 1979 in­cor­po­ra­tion of the city will get un­der­way with a pa­rade in the morn­ing, fol­lowed by an out­door fes­ti­val be­gin­ning in the af­ter­noon in Joe Or­duno Park.

The fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing live mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment, food booths and games for kids, is free to the pub­lic.

About 30 en­tries are ex­pected to form the pa­rade that is slated to be­gin at 10 a.m. at 8th Av­enue and Ur­tuzuastegui Street. The pa­rade will travel north on 8th Av­enue to Juan Sanchez Boule­vard, then turn west on Juan Sanchez, end­ing at Joe Or­duno Park.

Among those tak­ing part in the pa­rade is the Gads­den El­e­men­tary School Dis­trict’s march­ing band. There will be other school groups from the area, as well as en­tries rep­re­sent­ing clas­sic car and off-road clubs, and com­mu­nity and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The cel­e­bra­tion will re­sume 4 p.m. at Joe Or­duno Park, lo­cated at Juan Sanchez Boule­vard and Main Street.

Mu­sic be­gins at 4:15 with a per­for­mance by Los Quintanilla, a trib­ute band for the late Te­jano mu­sic star Se­lena Quintanilla. Los Quintanilla, fea­tur­ing lo­cal vo­cal­ist Co­ral Alonso, will be fol­lowed at 5 p.m. by a per­for­mance from Clave A, a coun­try band from San Luis Rio Colorado. Af­ter Clave A will be Two Souls, a brother duo from Ense­nada Baja, Calif., that per­forms rock and pop in English.

Mayor Ger­ardo Sanchez and mem­bers of the city coun­cil will for­mally ob­serve the an­niver­sary of the city’s found­ing in a cer­e­mony set for 6:45 p.m.

Mu­sic will re­sume with a per­for­mance by Mil­ton Arce, a norteno and banda mu­si­cian from Mex­ico’s Si­naloa state.

Los Ra­mones de Nuevo Leon, a norteno band from Mex­ico’s Nuevo Leon state, will close the fes­ti­val with a per­for­mance that be­gins at 8:30. The band re­ceived a Latin Grammy nom­i­na­tion for its 2016 al­bum Tierra Mo­jada.

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