A car display was popular among attendees. Many people had their photos taken standing next to them. Photo by Chris Stone
A car display was popular among attendees. Many people had their photos taken standing next to them. Photo by Chris Stone

More than 5,000 people packed the park under the Barrio Logan end of the San Diego-Coronado bridge, celebrating the 46th annual Chicano Park Day.

Featuring traditional music and dance performances including ballet folklorico and Aztec Dance, the event also showcased classic lowrider cars, kids’ art workshops and various informational exhibits.

Vendors sold Mexican and Chicano food at the event marking the April 22, 1970, community takeover of the land.

Chicano Park boasts what has been called home to the country’s largest collection of outdoor murals — on freeway pillars that once might have overlooked a mere parking lot.

But a community protest sparked by San Diego City College student Mario Solis led to protests, an occupation and a successful drive to establish a promised park.

On July 1, 1970, $21.8 million was allocated for a 1.8-acre park.

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