There were no Obons in the greater Los Angeles area this past weekend. Thank goodness! It gets to be quite a responsibility getting around to them. I needed a weekend without the pressure. Next weekend is the Gardena Obon, which is close to being my favorite (if I had favorites), though there is no good reason for that. I am hoping that I can make it. My window is Saturday only. I have a performance on Sunday that will keep me from it. Actually, it is possible I can do both, but I think it will be too much for my own bones.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I did go to a festival just the same. Another on my annual "to-do" list, the Festival Quelaguetza O.R.O. 2017. The first time I went to this festival, it was an accident. It was held a different location, Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, visible from the Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway - which no one calls it.) I saw the happenings as I was zipping along and decided to check it out. I have tried to make it each year since. So here are the photos from Sunday. I did a post on this festival on September 9, 2014, so I am going to try not to duplicate the photos too much. In that earlier post there are links sites giving a history of Lincoln Park. This is a park that Black people felt comfortable going to back when I was a kid. Yeah, think about that.
|Artwork on the way to the festival. Angelinos are very expressive.
|Posers for posers.
|Dancers getting ready to take the stage.
|The boathouse and pond at Lincoln Park.
|Grasshoppers. I've had plenty of these in the past few years,
so did not need to try them. On the other hand...
|This tepache was very strong and vinegary. It provided a very
slight buzz lasting no longer than the time it took to drink it.
|I bought my lunch from these women.
|Molotes stuffed with chorizo and potato.
|A dance troupe finishing their routine...
|after which they throw pan to the audience.
|A happy audience.