Cesar Chavez Parade & Celebration in the Mission District
As anyone who is involved with labor or civil rights movements will tell you, Cesar Chavez is one of the most important figures within these two important and intertwined spheres. A man who spent the majority of his life struggling within the state of California to better the lives of both farmers and migrant workers, Cesar Chavez receives the honors he is due every year at the Mission District’s annual Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade & Celebration.
This year’s Cesar Chavez Holiday will take place on April 14th. Visitors to the Mission District on this day will find an overwhelming amount to enjoy and experience, from music to dance to food to art, and the whole day will be an explosion of color and sound as the workers and their allies celebrate the life and labor of this great man.
The Cesar Chavez Holiday officially begins when the large parade finishes its wind through Dolores Park and Guerrero Streets, usually around 11:00 in the morning. If you want to watch the parade, be sure to arrive along the parade route before 10:00 a.m., because this is a highly watched event that will be attracting many, many visitors!
After the parade ends, the street fair begins. From 11:00 until 6:00 in the evening, all along a stretch of 24th Street that runs from Treat to Bryant, there will be live music on the corners and on stages, dancing throughout the streets, and so many vendors and artists selling their goods along the sidewalk.
In addition to all of this, the Cesar Chavez Holiday is a chance for those adept at preparing Latin dishes to show their skills. Food trucks and tents will be set up all along the street where you can stop to grab a snack or a whole meal as well as a delicious drink to quench the thirst that this magnificent fiesta will no doubt raise within you.
The Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade & Celebration is a completely free event that is open to everyone in your whole family, from the youngest to the oldest. Come early, stay late, and remember a man who never tired fighting for the rights of those who kept the world spinning.