History, heritage and horchata: Olvera Street celebrates Mexican tradition
- Liz Hanna, Features Editor, Stephanie Morales, Managing Editor, and Vie Cabrera, Arts + Culture Editor
Bustling crowds marched along the cobblestones of Olvera Streetin Los Angeles to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican American holiday that commemorates the 19th-century Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla against French soldiers. Olvera Street offers rich insights into the history of what some consider to be “the birthplace of Los Angeles.”
Singer Jorge Felino performed on the plaza at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument on Cinco de Mayo.
“The traditions of Mexico are here, and I like the way they are celebrated,” he said.
Donning a traditional charro outfit, singer Jose “El Jaliciense” Orozco said he feels at home performing at Olvera Street. He was one of many to take the stage, along with Felino, showcasing the different styles of music and culture seen throughout Mexico.
“We have been singing here for many, many years for events celebrating the traditions of Mexico and Cinco de Mayo,” Orozco said. “I like Olvera Street because it feels like we are back in Mexico when we come here.”
In contrast to the surrounding unassuming urban Main Street and Alameda Street, Olvera boasts beautiful bold colors of its Mexican culture.
The marketplace was revived in 1930 by California socialite Christine Sterling who once said, "Out of the hearts of the Mexican people is spun the gold of romance and contentment. No sweeter, finer people live on this earth than the men and women of Mexico."
Olvera Street is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for business. The street also hosts celebrations throughout the year.
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