Sunday, April 15, 2012

Around Town - South Valley Pride Day





Today, Albuquerque's South Valley residents flanked the length of Isleta Blvd. to watch a parade of marching bands, cheerleaders, politicians, and lowriders as they made their way to Westside Community Center for South Valley Pride Day.

I was born and raised in the Valley and SVPD holds many childhood memories for me. My mom has been working at Westside Community Center her entire adult life and I've been attending since I was a kid.

When I was in elementary school, I even nominated my grandma for an Outstanding Citizen Award, which they give to a dozen or so recipients every year. She was awarded primarily for her work with the students at Barcelona Elementary through the Foster Grandparent Program.

So it was really cool to get out today, even with a steady breeze in the air, and watch the parade go by and see the awards handed out.

Here are some pictures from today's event.

Man riding horse and carrying New Mexico state flag in the South Valley Pride Day parade in Albuquerque

Kids watching a horse in the South Valley Pride Day parade in Albuquerque, NM



Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez shakes hands with residents at the South Valley Pride parade

Growers Market float in the South Valley Pride Day parade in Albuquerque, NM

Cheerleaders in the South Valley Pride Day parade in Albuquerque, NM

Volkswagen Bug pulls a trailer along the South Valley Pride Day parade route in Albuquerque, NM

A lowrider lifts a wheel during the South Valley Pride Day parade in Albuquerque, NM

Volunteers put up a poster for County Commissioner Art de la Cruz for his re-election campaign


Bundles of sage and other items sold by a vendor at the South Valley Pride Day parade in Albuquerque, NM

Flowers from the South Valley Growers Market on display at the South Valley Pride Day celebration at Westside Community Center in Albuquerque, NM

Perico's selling food at the South Valley Pride Day celebration at Westside Community Center in Albuquerque, NM

A tortilla burger from Perico's at the South Valley Pride Day celebration at Westside Community Center in Albuquerque, NM

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