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East Salinas: Día de los Muertos at Closter Park
Closter Park was a vibrant hub for East Salinas residents and visitors when the community observed Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead with an annual arts festival. This year’s event took place on a beautiful Sunday, October 21, 2012. Honoring the past and enlivening the present with such a festival required scores of volunteers. Among these were the Caminos del Arte Board of Directors–Nicolasa Alvarez, Ruth Hermosillo, Frances Inez Nolder, Caritina Ibarra, Kathleen Navales, Chuy Ramires, Roy Hernandez, Patricia Urzua, Jenny Camarena, and Carol Ruvalcaba.
A parade, hands-on art activities, live entertainment (see poster below for a sampling), food vendors, community booths, and more made up a day of free fun for all ages.
A bike presence was part of the day’s mix, including a bike-powered food vendor….
Biking enthusiasts present at Día de los Muertos included neighborhood bike commuters. These bikers appreciated the cool bike security option of the first-ever special-event bike valet service in Salinas. The free service made it easy for bicyclists to park their bike securely (even if they hadn’t brought a lock), then walk into crowded areas of the event.
Also present were elders who told of their grandkids participating on the Salinas High Cowboys Mountain Bike Team, youth who’ve participated in Salinas Bike Party rides, and others who appreciate the many benefits of biking.
SBP volunteers Robb and Kath Garcia provided oral translation services, sharing local biking and related opportunities, including Ridesharing Month. Special thanks to Virginia H. Mendoza, Monte Bella community volunteer, for oral translations of announcements about Ridesharing Month. Mari Lynch was also present, distributing bike maps of Salinas and tips on where to get Spanish, and English, info and support for biking in Salinas and countywide.
For a gallery of photos by Jay Dunn of the Salinas Californian, click here.
For more about bicycling in Salinas, click here for “What to do in Salinas, the Monterey County seat.” There you’ll find links to many more posts on this site about Salinas bike-related activities. Be sure to take note of the many Salinas HER Helmet Thursdays spots–places that give discounts to male and female cyclists on Thursdays year-round.