The legacy of farm labor leader César Chávez will be front and center Saturday as the city of Davis holds its 11th annual César Chávez Day celebration at 11 a.m. in Central Park, weather permitting.
The free event is sponsored by the city of Davis through the Human Relations Commission. The celebration will take place at the Rotary Stage at the north end of Central Park. Community members, especially children and families, are invited to attend.
The event will feature music and singing, community group displays and other inspirational presentations. The show will open with a guitar trio from UC Davis, followed by the César Chávez Elementary School Choir, which will perform several songs. A Michoacán Dance Troupe will perform dances from the Meseta Tarasca, including the popular “Danza de los Viejitos,” a celebration of life.
Davis resident Ramona Prieto, assistant commissioner of leadership development and communications for the California Highway Patrol, will be the featured speaker. Prieto was the first female motorcycle officer for the CHP and has been in law enforcement since 1977.
The celebration will conclude with music as well, as the family band Mariachi Tonantzin returns to Davis for a third year to treat participants to lively mariachi music.
Community groups will be participating, sharing information about their programs. Groups include the TANA Art Center, Woodland Community College ethnic studies department, La Raza Law Student Association and Children in the Fields campaign.