La Fiesta de San Gabriel ….
The 242nd Annual Fiesta de San Gabriel will be celebrated on Labor Day Weekend August 30, 31 and September 1 at the Mission San Gabriel. The Fiesta opens on Friday, August 30 at 6PM with the traditional Ringing of the Bells ceremony. At 6:15, the Blessing of the Fiesta will take place on the fiesta stage and grounds. The booths will then open and the entertainment will begin. At 9PM. Susie Hansen’s Latin Jazz Band will appear live on stage. The fiesta will close at 12 midnight on Friday night. On Saturday, August 31st, the Fiesta will open at 12 noon but related events will take place prior to the noontime start. Beginning at 6AM, registration will take place for the historic Walk of the Californians. The walk will cover 9 miles from the San Gabriel Mission to Plaza Park in Los Angeles. The walk symbolizes the founding of the Pueblo de Los Angeles by the Pobladores. If it’s hot, bring some water just in case. At 9AM, the Children and Pet’s Costume contest will take place followed by the blessing of the animals at 10:30AM. From 1PM to 4PM, the Tongva Indians will be performing in the Mission gardens and historical re-enactors will also be performing at the same time. A History Reception will be held in the Gardens at 4PM. At 5PM, a large birthday cake will be shared with fiesta goers to celebrate the Missions’ birthday. Then at 8PM, the local group, The In Crowd/Storytellers will share center stage on the Fiesta bandstand. The Fiesta will close at midnight and then re-open at 12 noon on Sunday. Sundays’ headliners include Carolina Russek Ballet Folklorico de Mision San Gabriel, Soto, San Gabriel Mission Marimba Ensemble and ACE. At 11:30, more than $9,000 in prizes will raffled with a Grand Prize award of $7,500 to be awarded to one lucky winner. In addition, authenticate ethics foods will be offered along with Bingo, rides, special interest booths. Pre-purchased ride tickets with 35% off for rides will be offered prior to the opening of the Fiesta on Friday. And of course, the ever popular Beer Garden with the coldest beer in town, will be open throughout the Fiesta. Ample parking is available on the Mission grounds and services are located in designated areas. Come on out and help celebrate the Mission birthday with an entertaining and exciting weekend. It’s always a good time at La Fiesta de San Gabriel. ….