Parade of Ancestors celebrates heritage

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

March 11, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Updated March 10, 2014 at 10:11 p.m.

The third annual Parade of Ancestors is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 in downtown Port Lavaca.

"This is a time for all the cultures to come together and celebrate their heritage," said Rose Ellen Pena, Calhoun County Cultures and Cuisines spokesperson. "There is so much history in the Golden Crescent area."

The walking, non-vehicular parade on Main Street begins at 10 a.m. at South Ann Street and ends at Commerce Street.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes that represent their ancestry or any ancestry they like.

"Last year, Mike Dobbins came as a Viking, Russell Cain came as LaSalle, Joe Pena came as a camel driver, and Betty Hicks came as an African queen," Pena said.

Event booths, also on Main Street, will sell ethnic food and hand-crafted items.

Entertainment will include ethnic music, dance performances and historical presentations.

"This is a way to promote unity and help educate people about their roots," Pena said. "People need to understand where they came from to know where they are going."



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