A former professional football player and Spanish-language television executive will serve as grand marshal of the 1991 Fiestas Patrias parade Saturday in Oxnard, organizers said.
Daniel D. Villanueva, a onetime place-kicker for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys and a former president and general manager of KMEX Channel 34, will head the noon parade that kicks off a weekend of festivities honoring Mexican independence from Spain, said Mena Rios, vice president of the Ventura County Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce.
The parade will start at 8th Street and proceed up C Street. The festival will feature more than 60 food booths, a carnival, live entertainment and "El Grito," a re-enactment of the cry for independence that signifies the will and spirit of the Mexican people, Rios said.
"I'm flattered and surprised that they would want me to do that," Villanueva said of being selected to lead the parade.