Fri. May 24th, 2024
David Benavides at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade
David Benavides at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade

I stopped by today’s Fiestas Patrias parade in Downtown Santa Ana – mostly to take pictures of the local politicians but also to take in the spectacle.  I was not disappointed on either count.

Somethings never change – Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides appeared to be riding in the same car he was in back in 2013 – with his kids.

David Benavides at the 2013 Fiestas Patrias Parade
David Benavides at the 2013 Fiestas Patrias Parade

Several of our elected officials chose to run through the parade instead of riding in their vehicles.  Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez was in her usual bright red dress.  I also ran into former Supervisor and State Senator Lou Correa.  I didn’t see him in the parade – which makes sense as he no longer holds an office.  But he was there early, working the crowd.  He is running in a crowded field for a chance at the U.S. House of Representatives seat that Sanchez is vacating as she runs for the U.S. Senate.

Loretta Sanchez at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade
Loretta Sanchez at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade

Jose Solorio was there too, in his capacity as a Trustee for the Rancho Santiago Community College District.  He is running for re-election to that seat.  He lost last year when he ran against then Supervisor Janet Nguyen for a chance to replace Correa in the State Senate.

Jose Solorio at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade
Jose Solorio at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade

Nguyen was there too – running around like Sanchez.  She took a page from longtime Congressman Ed Royce and handed out paper fans – that quickly ended up littering the streets and sidewalks.

Janet Nguyen at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade
Janet Nguyen at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade

Nguyen’s former Chief of Staff, Andrew Do, beat Correa last year and took over in the First Supervisorial Dictrict.  He was there today too, looking a bit awkward as he tried to work the confused crowd of mostly Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants – that was surely wondering why there were so many Vietnamese people in the parade.

Andrew Do at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade
Andrew Do at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade (wearing a light tan suit)

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido was in the Wells Fargo stagecoach again. And Santa Ana Council Members Roman Reyna and Vince Sarmiento were perched atop a fire engine along with their colleague Angie Amezcua.

Miguel Pulido at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade
Miguel Pulido at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade

Karina Onofre was also in the parade.  She has a real estate and tax preparation business in the city and is a staffer for Sanchez.  Onofre has also run for office a few times as well.

Roman Reyna and Vince Sarmiento at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade
Roman Reyna and Vince Sarmiento at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade

SAUSD Trustee Cecilia Iglesias rode in the parade as well, with the SAUSD Superintendent.  Iglesias is up for re-election in 2016.

Angie Amezcua and Ceci Iglesias
Angie Amezcua and Ceci Iglesias

I didn’t see any of the other School Board Members.

The Ceci Iglesias Car at the Fiestas Patrias Parade

The parade featured floats representing each of the Mexican states along with marching bands from Century High School, Valley High School and Santa Ana High School.

Mexican Revolutionaries at the 2015 Fiestas Patrias Parade

There were also men portraying Mexican revolutionaries, on horseback with rifles.  I would imagine that seeing them would totally have freaked out Donald Trump, had he been in attendance.

Lincoln Club of Orange County Lowrider at the Fiestas Patrias Parade

One of the strangest sights at the parade was a lowrider that appeared to belong to the Lincoln Club of Orange County – an organization that mostly advocates for Republican politicians.

The Mexican State of Zumba

I thought the Zumba float was a bit weird too.  It made it look like Zumba is now one of the Mexican states!

I will post more pictures tomorrow.



By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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