Photos of Fiestas Patrias in Old Town San Diego.

A small parade during 2015 Fiestas Patrias (September 16 is Mexico's Independence Day) in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
A small parade during 2015 Fiestas Patrias (September 16 is Mexico’s Independence Day) in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Here are some photos of Fiestas Patrias in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Mexico began their war for independence from Spain on September 16, 1810, and the occasion was celebrated today with music, food, games, an equestrian demonstration and traditional Mexican dance. I caught a bit of it!

San Diego’s fascinating history includes a Mexican period, which followed the early years of settlement and rule by Spain. Mexico and San Diego share a common border and a great deal of history. A blending of culture and friendly people adds to the richness of our city.

Fiestas Patrias in Old Town San Diego included many cool events flavored with Mexican culture and history.
Fiestas Patrias in Old Town San Diego included many cool events flavored with Mexican culture and history.
Young musicians from Chula Vista High School Mariachi band smile for the camera!
Young musicians from Chula Vista High School Mariachi band smile for the camera!
Many event participants carried photos and images of important Mexicans in history. This gentleman holds a tribute to activist Cesar Chavez.
Many event participants carried photos and images of important Mexicans in history. This gentleman holds a tribute to activist Cesar Chavez.
Many tables contained interesting info and exhibits. This one featured sketches from the Battle of San Pasqual and some cattle brands from historic Mission San Diego de Alcalá.
Tables contained interesting info and exhibits. This one featured sketches from the Battle of San Pasqual and some cattle brands from historic Mission San Diego de Alcalá.
Here are many colorful, often spicy ingredients used in Mexican cuisine. Yum!
Here are many colorful, often spicy ingredients used in Mexican cuisine. Yum!
A super nice lady demonstrates grinding corn with a stone metate, a common practice long ago.
A super nice lady demonstrates grinding corn with a stone metate, a common practice long ago.
Someone paints during the lively festival. Historic Old Town is a picturesque place that inspires artists, at any time!
Someone paints during the lively festival. Historic Old Town is a picturesque place that inspires artists, at any time!
The award-winning Chula Vista High School Mariachi performers warm up before going on stage.
The award-winning Chula Vista High School Mariachi performers warm up before going on stage.
Everyone is ready for some traditional Mexican music!
Everyone is ready for some traditional Mexican music!
These student musicians were incredibly talented. Voices and instruments conveyed stirring emotion. They all received big applause!
These student musicians were incredibly talented. Voices and instruments conveyed stirring emotion. They all received big applause!
Beautifully costumed riders of the female equestrian group Escaramuza Las Golondrinas warm up behind Seeley Stable Museum in Old Town San Diego.
Beautifully costumed riders of the female equestrian group Escaramuza Las Golondrinas warm up behind Seeley Stable Museum in Old Town San Diego.
One rider prepares her horse for a sidesaddle riding demonstration in the afternoon.
One rider prepares her horse for a sidesaddle riding demonstration in the afternoon.
This rider was nice enough to smile! It's a perfect, sunny day for a fiesta!
This rider was nice enough to smile! It’s a perfect, sunny day for a fiesta!
A smiling California State Park employee throws a rope over a tree branch, getting ready to hang a piñata. She's got an awesome job!
A smiling California State Park employee throws a rope over a tree branch, getting ready to hang a piñata. She’s got an awesome job!
Fiestas Patrias in Old Town celebrates a rich Mexican heritage and the unique, diverse history of San Diego.
Fiestas Patrias in Old Town celebrates a rich Mexican heritage and the unique, diverse history of San Diego.

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

6 thoughts on “Photos of Fiestas Patrias in Old Town San Diego.”

  1. Hey there!! I always enjoy your posts, especially the photos. You have a great eye and capture with very good compositions. The two here that are my favorites are the four young musicians and the fella holding the portrait of a historical figure. Cheers!!

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