July 10, 1998

Celebrating the Presidio

A celebration of San Diego's diverse cultural background will take place on Saturday. July 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Junipero Serra Museum. The Presidio Day Fiesta commemorates the 229th anniversary of the founding of the first presidio and mission in Alta California.

Witness a reenactment of the first Spanish arrival, complete with volleys of black powder and gunfire. Sample Spanish and Native American cuisine and watch demonstrations of basket weaving, gourd decorating, ceramics, corn husk doll and candle making.

Following welcoming remarks by the Historical Society's board president, Dick Thorn, visitors will enjoy Native American, Mexican, and Spanish exhibitions, refreshments and entertainment. The Kumeyaay Bird Singers, both adults and children will dance and sing and a dance troupe will perform traditional Spanish dances.

The Serra Museum will be open to the public free of charge during the fiesta. Be sure to view artwork on the Serra on display inside the museum.

Parking is available above the Serra and in Caltrans lots located at Juan and Taylor Streets.

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