Hundreds Line the Streets of Northwest Pasadena to See Latino Heritage Parade, Join in Jamaica Festival

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5:57 am | October 16, 2017


This year’s Latino Heritage Parade took a new route Saturday, filling North Los Robles Avenue with the beat of drums, clip-clopping of horses and sirens of Pasadena fire engines under a warm and brilliantly blue sky.

More than 2,000 participants and spectators joined in the festivities,  which celebrated Latino Military Servicemen and Women.

The Jamaica featured live entertainment, art exhibits, fun activities for children and tasty food for purchase in avery crowded Villa Parke.

A special feature this year was the “Hispanic Medal of Honor Wall” display promoting awareness of the patriotism, loyalty and sacrifices made by Hispanic Americans in military service.

Two short films by Latino veterans will be screened in the Center’s auditorium.

Outside, on the festival’s stage, a special ceremonial presentation honored this year’s Parade Grand Marshal, Command Sgt. Maj. Ramon Rodriguez, and Community Grand Marshal Staff Sgt. Hector Rodriguez, another local community member who also faithfully served in the U.S. Army.