Planada is preparing to celebrate the people in its community in a day filled with live music, dancers and deep-pit barbecue.
Planada Community Day, a tradition that goes back 80 years, will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Houlihan Park, 9167 E. Stanford Ave.
According to event chair Ben Esquivel, the celebration serves as a way to bring together people of all ages. “It’s almost like a homecoming,” Esquivel said. “It’s tradition for people to plan family reunions on this day.”
As is the custom, the Planada Community Day will open up with a grand parade. This year’s event board selected longtime resident Emma Cervantes to be the parade’s grand marshal.
Cervantes, 75, has lived in Planada since 1959. She lives in a neighborhood that was one of the first housing developments in Planada, and she’s known for playing a role in designing those original homes. She’s also been active in the community, taking leadership roles in religious celebrations, informational events and fundraisers.
This year’s event will have a superhero theme, which goes hand in hand with Mother’s Day weekend, Esquivel said.
This theme will allow residents to honor the mothers and fathers who take on a heroic role in their families, he added. “I just hope that people come out, have a good time and enjoy the barbecue,” Esquivel said.
The community day will include a basketball tournament, a display of quilts by the Sewl Sisters, drawings for prizes and informational booths.