The Lincoln Park Conservation Committee presented the 10th annual “Lincoln Park Day” Chicano art and car show, which was hosted by Latin Pride Car Club to celebrate the Mexican-American culture in El Paso, Texas. The event was held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Lincoln Park, El Paso’s Chicano park.

To commemorate this year a dance was incorporated a day before the event at the VFW 8782 with plenty of entertainment for all to enjoy. The local opening band was The Devotions and the headlining band for the danc, was The Flashback Boys from Indio, California. This band originally did the song “El Corazon del Chuco.” Everyone danced the night away and had plenty of fun.

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Then on Sunday, the car show got rolling. Car clubs came from Socorro, New Mexico; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Odessa, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas, and many other towns. During the car show there was plenty of entertainment. Two DJs played in different areas of the park. The Ballet Folklorico Paso Del Norte, Matachines “Guadalupana,” and The Danza Azteca “Omecoatl” performed for the crowd. Many elected candidates came and campaigned for the Chicano vote from as far away as Arizona. Also many Chicano artists displayed galleries in their booths.

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As soon as September comes, everyone looks forward to attending this annual car show where admission is free and every year it has over 200 entries of top-quality rides. This year’s mural “The Chicano Culture” was done by Angel Ortiz, Mike Ortiz, and Michael Thorton. El Paso Community College Student Art Society coordinated and sponsored the event. A special plaque was awarded in memory of David Leal’s second anniversary, which included a seven-siren salute.

This was a special event due to the struggle that Lincoln Park Center and the Lincoln Park murals have been facing for several years. Proposed highway construction threatens to demolish the Lincoln Center and several of the oldest murals. The Lincoln Center was established in 1912 and this building was at one time a military base, a school, and a recreation center serving the community. This struggle is similar in many was to saving San Diego, California’s “Chicano Park” 44 years ago.

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Thumbs up to the Lincoln Park Conservation Committee and Latin Pride Car Club for doing a great job hosting this annual event. Thanks go to all in the lowrider community who support and keeps “Que Viva La Causa” going. For more information in saving Lincoln Park Center log on to www.lincolnparkcc.org.