The Monarch Festival returns to Riverside County after a three-year postponement due to the COVID pandemic.
According to local authorities, more than 5,000 people gathered to enjoy the family event that mixes culture, gastronomy and traditions.
Just a few hours before the start of the Monarca Festival, the final preparations are being made for those who will take part in this great event full of music and culture.
“For me, it is a dream that we have always had for our people and the continuation of our traditions is what we have always wanted,” said Lucía Santos, participant.
The festival, which began 38 years ago, has grown and become a 100% community festival where immigrants from all over Mexico and Central America live together and enjoy their gastronomy and traditions.
Mexico’s national holidays are more than the September 15 cry commemorating the achievement of independence. They exude the smell and taste of pozole, the most popular corn and pork dish on this country’s tables.
“We celebrate our culture, our traditions, so that they continue to be present for the new generations, but also to be present as Michoacans, Jaliscos and all the countries that immigrate to our beautiful state of California,” said Luz Gallegos, director of TODEZ.
Three years ago, the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic forced organizers to postpone the event.
“The Lord of Miracles is coming for our migrants, but this year the entire community, with their boots and folkloric dresses, is ready to celebrate our roots,” Gallegos added.
“It is an event that is also part of the new generations and who, despite being born in this country, preserve the roots of their parents and grandparents,” said Miguel Ángel Fernández, who will take part in the event.
The event begins September 24th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the City of Perris City Hall building.