Giant Puppets at Cesar Chavez March and Rally
Participants will meet at Pueblo High School at 9:00am. The march then proceeds to Rudy Garcia park where a Giant Puppet Performance of the Great Grape Strike written by Milta Ortiz will take place at approximately 9:45am or whenever the marchers arrive.
Borderlands’ Giant Puppet spectacle, directed by Marc David Pinate, tells the story of the Delano Grape Strike and Boycott, when Filipino, Mexican, and Chican@ farm workers formed the first farm worker’s union. After years of strikes, brutal beatings by police and strike breakers, fasts by Cesar, the famous march to Sacramento, and a national grape boycott campaign, farm growers finally capitulated to workers demands for basic worker rights and protections.
Borderlands is honored to add this new theatrical extravaganza to an important community celebration of Chican@ s/heroes. Over 60 volunteers and 8 professional artists/designers helped build the puppets over five weekends. Local leaders Supervisor Richard Elias, Marisol Flores-Aguirre of REA Marketing, and Governing School Board Member Cam Juarez lent their voices to the sound track mixed by Jim Klingenfus; and Fabrics-That-Go donated over 100 yards of fabric.
Come out Saturday and experience what community arts looks like!