Well another Fiesta del Sol has come and gone. And for the second year running, I feel the Fiesta is returning to its roots as a community festival. For many years it seemed the commercial booths had taken over and the community orientated booths were disappearing. This year and last that
seems to be reversing itself. I also heard that the non-profit booth rated had dropped from $800 to $700. Still way to high, but improving at least.
Members of PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) were able to gather over a thousand signatures on a petition asking for a Clean Power Ordinance in Chicago, reducing pollution from the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants, despite Midwest Generation's sponsorship of the Fiesta. It was great to see the Latino Vote, Amnesty International and other folks out circulating petitions as well.
Once again, the Art booth, Children's booth, The Alivio Medical Center booth and House of Sol were real highlights. The addition of the music stage in Dvorak Park and the Graffiti art section were exciting developments this year. But nothing was more exciting than the new "Hecho en Pilsen" t-shirt designed by Marty Sanchez. I bought 4 - nice job Marty.
Alejandro Romero's poster this year, referencing the centennial of the Mexico Revolution and the Bi-centennial of independence was also very nice.
You can check out more pictures from the Fiesta here...