La Fiesta de
Los Angeles was an annual multi-day event celebrating
Los Angeles and Southern California's cultural heritage. The first celebration was held in April 1894. Canceled during the Spanish-American
War, it was revived in 1901 under the new name La Fiesta de las Flores, and it continued through the 1940s. Charles Fletcher
Lummis helped organize the early festivals in
Los Angeles. This collection consists of event programs, ephemera, financial reports, newspapers clippings and meeting minutes, and by-laws
related to the La Fiesta de
Los Angeles events from 1894-1947.
La Fiesta de
Angeles was an annual multi-day event celebrating
Angeles and Southern California's cultural heritage. The first celebration was held in April 1894. Canceled during the Spanish-American
War, it was revived in 1901 under the new name La Fiesta de las Flores, and it continued through the 1940s. The festival was
founded by Max Meyburg and sponsored by the
Angeles Merchants Association. The Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade became joint sponsors in 1896. The festival celebrated
the unique history and culture of Southern California. Advertisements for the 1896 event describe it as including a parade
of “Spanish caballeros, Mexican vaqueros, Indians, and Chinese,” a pageant, a carnival of “30,000 maskers,” and a floral parade.
The main parade that year included United States Marines, National Guard, local police, Spanish caballeros, Indians brought
in from near Temecula, and a Chinese dragon. The fiesta was unusual for an event at the time in its celebration of multiculturalism.
0.75 Linear feet
(2 document boxes, 6 oversized boxes)
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