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My Roots to Los Angeles as a 9th Generation Angelino

LP200 2014

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I was so happy to finally have my daughter Alex join us for the annual event. She is older now and has expressed an interest in her heritage, and the festivities and attention paid to LP200 made her proud. We chose not to make the walk from San Gabriel and arrived at the plaza in time for the ceremonial crossing of Alameda street. My wife Terri took pictures and it was the first time the whole family was together celebrating the founding of Los Angeles.

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Alex, Anthony and myself are on the right of the banner

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Waiting to cross Alameda street from Union Station

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Peek-a-boo Alex

Hanging out at the plaza stage for the event is always fun. Tourists come here year-round to visit the adjacent Olvera street where LP200 members and their families normally have lunch at Las Anitas afterwards -- family, fun, and food! I was happy to have been asked by Rose to give a small speech and I spoke about the importance of instilling a sense of heritage in our children and building strong communities.

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The three amigos

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Photo op with Mayor Eric Garcetti

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Papa Leon