¡Feliz Diez y Seis de Septiembre 2020! Parque Zaragoza marks the 210th Anniversary of Mexican Independence by sharing fiesta programs from the old days
For the 210th Anniversary of the Mexican Independence Day, below are two 16 de Septiembre Parque Zaragoza fiesta programs. One, 136 Aniversario de Nuestra Independencia, is from 74 years ago (1946), and the other, Parque Zaragoza 16 de Septiembre 1990, from 30 years ago (1990) today. Each provides a glimpse into our East Austin, Mexican American cherished Mexican Independence celebrations of the past.
Since the 1920's Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park is remembered for its three and four day long Diez y Sies. People would travel from all over the State to attend. Neighboring towns were known to send their fiesta queen candidates to compete for annual crown. And, many Tejano and Conjunto music legends performed on Parque Zaragoza's bandstand including legends like Manuel 'Cowboy Donley, The Nash Hernandez Orchestra, Ruben Ramos and The Mexican Revolution. You can listen to them by clicking "Johnny's Playlist" here.
On this Day 90 years ago, our historic Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park honored its first person, Señora, Lula Arechiga. Then, on this day, 30 Years later, you will see her mentioned on the final page of the 1990 program, honored again as the special guest accompanied on both occasions by her original date, Señor, Daniel Camacho, Sn.
All of the fiestas and park events at Parque Zaragoza from the late 1920's through the mid-2000's were by large organized by the Advisory Boards of the neighbors of the Parque Zaragoza community. The members of this board often served for decades. And their hard work doesn't go without notice.
An example of the community's advisory boards years of hard work, dedication and commitment is seen daily whenever you walk through the park or drive nearby. For it was during 1981, the Zaragosa Recreation Center Advisory Board petitioned for a new recreation center and started fundraising for 15 years. Until 1996, on the park's 65th Birthday, on Cinco de Mayo, the City of Austin opened the doors of today's Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center.
¡Feliz Diez y Seis de Septiembre 2020!
¡Viva Austin ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva Parque Zaragoza!
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Amigos de Parque Zaragoza and contributors
Today, on Cinco de mayo, while we can not celebrate physically together, we will honor the history of this holiday to our East Austin Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park and surrounding community. We will a mixture of history, arts and crafts, music and bring back cherished, old traditions of our neighborhood's past. We hope you will enjoy. ¡Viva Parque Zaragoza!