Festival de la Gente was conceived in 1999 to provide a venue for local artists and musicians to showcase their talent, preserve the tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and bring the community a unique event that encourages the celebration of life and provides an opportunity to honor their ancestors. Festival de la Gente Inc. was formed in 2003 to bring the event to a new venue and to include the involvement of community based organizations and commercial sponsors.
The new location, on the 6th Street Bridge, has allowed Festival de la Gente to produce a larger, more spectacular event with A-list talent and support from major media outlets. The historic three-quarter-mile-long 6th Street Bridge provides the perfect backdrop for Festival de la Gente to create a carnivale-like atmosphere featuring Arte Calidad’s fabulous inventory of papel maché puppets, such as 80-foot calaveras (skeletons), a 20-foot feathered serpent and a 20-foot Aztec sun.
Official Website: http://www.festivaldelagente.org/
Added by TwistedMartini on October 12, 2007