El Dia de San Juan Fiesta on June 24



El Dia de San Juan Fiesta (press release)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Mercado San Agustin
885 W. Congress
(just west of I-10, next to the Mercado San Agustin)

El Dia de San Juan Committee invites the public to the 17th Annual El Dia de San Juan Fiesta Tuesday, June 24 from 5-10 p.m. at, 885 W. Congress St, next to the Mercado San Agustin. The Fiesta will feature a procession, live music and dance, food and arts & crafts vendors, games and activities for children, and free water and watermelon. Free and open to the public, the Fiesta is non-alcoholic and boasts a family-friendly atmosphere.

El Dia de San Juan honors the Saints Day of St. John the Baptist, and has been celebrated by families living on the Westside for a century. Local tradition hails St. John the Baptist as the one who brings the rains, kicking off the monsoon season in the Old Pueblo. For the last 14 years the Fiesta has begun with a procession which displays an antique statue of San Juan Bautista. Prayers from several cultural traditions are offered.
Following the procession, the Fiesta goes into full swing. Entertainers, including Gertie & the T.O. Boyz, Mariachi Viva la Mujer and other local musicians will perform throughout the night. In keeping with the theme of the monsoon season and renewal, free water bottles are provided to Fiesta attendees. In addition to the food, arts & crafts and games booths, local community agencies will also offer tables with resource information.

The public is asked to please use the identified pedestrian crosswalk when attending the event. We regret no animals are allowed, service dogs only.
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Lillian Lopez-Grant
Phone: 520-791-0925
Amy Santos

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