Olvera Street, also known as Placita Olvera, held a celebration for Día de los Muertos, spanning nine days from October 25th to November 2nd. The merchants of Olvera Street have held this celebration for over 30 years. It is believed that during the celebration of Día de los Muertos, the veil between the living and dead thins, allowing family members who have passed on to visit their loved ones.
East LA is known for its large Latino community, predominantly made up of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Chicanos. On Sunday, September 10, the community of East Los Angeles came together to celebrate Mexican Independence Day for the 77th annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade.
East Los Angeles is home to Hispanics and Chicanos alike, so CALÓ News met new people on the street, and asked East LA locals what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them, and what they love about their culture.
As members of an ethnically marginalized community, we have the honor of sharing our accomplishments with those who may not have the privilege to do the same. So, I would like to dedicate our successes to the dreams of my people, our people, who could not be here today.
This is for the millions of Indigenous people who claimed their right to this land from birth before it was brutally taken from them.
This is for the thousands of incarcerated Chicanx/Latinx individuals, many wrongfully so, who continue to fight for their freedom in a corrupt justice system that works against them.