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Lou Correa interviewed at the Fiestas Parade

State Senator Lou Correa and friends walk in the Fiestas Parade

I visited “Las Fiestas de Independencia” today, in Santa Ana.  My six year old son, Jacob, and I had a blast.  The crowds were about 25-35% less than last year, but there were still a lot of folks there to watch the parade and to have fun at the booths set up in the festival area on 4th St.

Several local elected officials showed up to ride in the parade, which started a bit after 4pm today.  Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido rode atop a vintage firetruck that is owned and maintained by the Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association.  You can see more pictures of the parade after the flip.

Santa Ana Council Members at the Fiestas Patrias parade

Several Santa Ana City Council Members get ready for the Fiestas Parade

Miguel Pulido waves from a fire truck

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido rides a vintage fire truck at the Fiestas Parade

Sal Tinajero at the Fiestas Parade 

Councilman Sal Tinajero and his family

Michele Martinez at Fiestas Patrias

Councilwoman Michele Martinez and my son Jacob, before the parade

Alex Flores and Michele Martinez waving at the Fiestas Parade

Santa Ana College ASG President Alex Flores and Councilwoman Michele Martinez

Claudia Alvarez at the Fiestas Parade

Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez and her family

David Benavides and his son at the Fiestas Parade

Councilman David Benavides and his little boy, who fell asleep during the parade!

Carlos Bustamante at the Fiestas Parade

Councilman Carlos Bustamante

 Alfredo Amezcua at the Fiestas Parade

Former RSCCD Trustee Alfredo Amezcua and a friend

Vince Sarmiento at the Fiestas Parade

Councilman Vince Sarmiento and his family

Jose Solorioi interviewed at the Fiestas parade

Assemblyman Jose Solorio gets interviewed at the Fiestas Parade

 Rob Richardson, Audrey Noji and Jane Russo at the Fiestas Parade

 SAUSD Trustees Rob Richardson and Audrey Noji, with SAUSD Superintendent Jane Russo at the wheel

Roman Reyna at the Fiestas Parade

SAUSD Trustee Roman Reyna

Mexican Consul General Carlos Rodriguez

Mexican Consul General Carlos Rodriguez

Ballet Folklorico at the Fiestas Parade

Traditional dancers (ballet folklorico) at the Parade

Little girls at the parade

Local kids enjoy the Parade

 Santa Ana Soccer Club at the Fiestas Parade

 The Santa Ana Soccer Club marched in the Parade too

Santa Ana Saints at the Fiestas Parade

The Santa Ana High School Saints Flag Team

Santa Ana Saints Band at the Fiestas Parade

The Santa Ana High School Marching Band

Vaquero at the Fiestas Patrias parade

A vaquero at the Parade

SAPD cops on horses at the Fiestas Patrias parade

The SAPD mounted police

 Vendors at the Fiesta festival

Vendors sell traditional goods at the Festival

Music at the Fiestas Patrias

The crowd enjoys the music

Full house at the Fiesta

Everyone had a great time

By Editor

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

3 thoughts on “Pictures of 2009 Las Fiestas de Independencia in Santa Ana”
  1. Where is my pic.? I was there. 🙂 btw, don’t you think this event is a bit commercialized? Any face painting? I didn’t see any. How about police officers, they looked too unfriendly. I didn’t see them give out stickers to little kids.No fire trucks. No health screens. But a lot of Sprint, Directv, Dish Network,soda and flyers galore.

  2. #1,

    LOL! I took a lot of pictures but didn’t post them all.

    I also noticed how many companies were using this as a marketing event. My son and I were happy to get several mini boxes of free Honey Nut Cheerios from Albertsons, but I agree that face painting and balloon animals would have been a lot of fun.

    A Santa Ana fire truck would have been a nice way to teach kids about firefighting and maybe get them interested in firefighting as a career.

    I also thought the police on the motorcycles were a bit imposing but I spoke to several officers and they were very polite. Most were just tired from being there all day.

    Perhaps our city leaders will take note and do some of this next year.

    Readers – what would YOU do to improve this festival?

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