"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Photo Credit: R+A Multimedia HAYWARD–La Ultima Parada (LUP) will take place on October 27 & 28, 2018 at the School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in East San Jose. This event showcases Mexican culture through the traditions of Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that brings together hosts of family and friends to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, in order to help support their spiritual journey. The event incorporates: La Viejada (community masked-dance with over 200 participants); live musical presentations; ethnic food and drink; Day of the Dead visual art displays (Altars, CampoSanto, Community Art, Hands-On art activities); and Mercado (marketplace). We invite community members to participate with us in La Viejada (masked-dance) at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on Sunday, October 28. If you would like to participate, please join one of the workshops listed below to learn the music and dances and create a mask honoring a loved one. Workshops will commence in August and run through October, and will be held at community centers and dance studios in San Jose and Hayward. The workshops are free and open to the public. No dance experience is required. Capacity is limited in some venues and an RSVP to info@laultimaparada is required for workshop details. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are 90 minutes in duration. Workshop dates: Monday, August 13, 6:00 pm at Flor de Mexico Studio in Hayward (30998 Huntwood Ave Hayward, CA 94544) Sunday, August 19, 12:00 pm at Foundation for Hispanic Education, San Jose Sunday, August 26, 4:00pm at Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 pm at Los Laureles Studio @ MACLA, San Jose Wednesday, August 29, 5:15 pm at Biblioteca Latino Americana, San Jose Friday, August 31, 6:30 pm at Amigos de Guadalupe Center, San Jose Thursday, September 6, 6:30 pm at Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 pm at Biblioteca Latino Americana, San Jose Thursday, October 26, 6:30 pm at Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose Event ticket sales will open in August at laultimaparada.org (General admission $5-$10) La Ultima Parada: Friday October 27, 6-11pm Saturday October 28, 12-8pm Location: School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in East San Jose, 1700 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, CA 95116 For more information, go to laultimaparada.org or contact Maria Luisa Colmenarez, LUP Artistic Director, email@example.com