El Monte’s 19th Annual Harvest Children’s Festival
by Melissa Rocha
October 24, 2013 • 361 views
On October 19, 2013, El Monte invited all the communities who wanted to enjoy the spectacular school bands, youth dances, the martial arts student’s participation, etc… The spectators gathered before 9:00am to find a nice space to view the children’s parade. They took folding chairs with water bottles and some were even wearing t-shirts with logos of their supporter’s organization, club or school. The parade took place at Valley Mall St. and ended at Tyler Ave.
The parade ended in front of El Monte Union High School; where the participants from schools in El Monte, South El Monte, San Gabriel, Rosemead and other districts marched with different shows, music and dances, while bands proudly displayed their school uniforms. Also, many clubs and organizations placed booths to sell items for the benefit. Behind the booths there was a small fair for the children to enjoy with their families and friends.
The most surprising guest that traveled from Oregon with their band to entertain in the Fest was the dancing group of Chileans. They brought costumes all the way from Morelos and danced the traditional Morelos dance. The high school bands delighted all the people with their participation. Spectators gave resounding applause to the Mountain View High School Band.
During the start of the Parade, the Police Officers Association opened the Harvest Children’s Festival along with Mayor André Quintero, accompanied by his wife Debra and their daughter. In addition, the martial arts offered a tribute to Northern Shaolim, Kung Fu with the disguises of dragons opening the space to the masters and students who guided a huge Dragon costume, guiding his movements all the way to the end of the parade. A few fire fighters from El Monte joined the parade inside the fire truck.
The 19th Annual Harvest Festival was a wonderful community event. There was something for all ages. If you missed the parade don’t forget to check more pictures online at midvalleynews.com