The city of San Fernando will hold its second annual Cesar Chavez Day celebration and march Friday in honor of the late labor leader.
San Fernando became the first city in the country to establish an official holiday to honor Chavez when it passed a resolution in 1993 declaring March 31 a day of celebration and remembrance of the farm workers' hero. Though city employees will get the day off, school children do not, because they attend schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
On Friday, San Fernando residents will celebrate the 68th anniversary of the birth of Chavez, who died in his sleep in San Luis, Ariz., on April 23, 1993. He was 66. A march will begin at 6 p.m., with participants gathering at six schools throughout the city and nearby: Gridley, Morningside, O'Melveny and San Fernando elementary schools, San Fernando Middle School and San Fernando High School.
The march will culminate at Recreation Park, 208 Park Ave. A cultural celebration including Danzantes Aztecas, mariachis, Ballet Fokloricos and several speakers will commence at 7 p.m. The city of San Fernando donated $750 for refreshments and easels to display art work; it is also providing police protection.