Planada set for parade, fete in park today

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comMay 13, 2013 

Planada Community Day is coming to Houlihan Park today, and this year's event will feature many new activities.

Some of those include a horseshoe tournament as well as volleyball and fitness contests for children, according to Ben Esquivel, 54, chairman of Planada Community Day.

Attendees can also enjoy a deep-pit barbecue, live music and more than 60 arts, crafts and information booths. There will also be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Esquivel said.

"I think it's a good event for the community because it brings different people together and it's a family event," Esquivel said.

It kicks off at 10 a.m. with an hourlong parade.

This year's grand marshal is community activist Flora Martinez, 89, who was part of the first Planada Community Day more than 50 years ago. Martinez is also a co-founder of the Golden Valley Health Centers and the town's first Baptist church.

Planada Community Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Houlihan Park on Stanford Avenue and Sutter Street in Planada.

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