Dolores Huerta Headlines Twentieth Annual César Chávez Day March in Albuquerque: A Photo Essay

Photo Essay by NICK ESTES

The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque hosted the twentieth annual César Chávez Day march and festival this past Saturday, April 6, 2013. This year’s celebration was titled “Luchando, Educando, Celebrando: Recuerda a César Chávez,” and it drew more than one thousand marchers who joined with guest of honor and keynote speaker Dolores Huerta, to honor Chávez’s legacy. Huerta, who helped co-found the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) with Chávez, coined the UFW moniker “¡Sí, se puede!” and along with thousands of other braceros, activists, and UFW members, successfully organized farmworkers in California.

The celebration kicked off with a “March for Justice” at 10:30 in the morning that started at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Marchers paraded through downtown Albuquerque and looped back to the Center. The second half of the program consisted of dancing, an awards ceremony, and a musical performance by the B-Side Players.

Dolores Huerta, UFW co-founder, lead Saturday's "March for Justice" in honor of César Chávez.
Dolores Huerta, UFW co-founder, lead Saturday’s “March for Justice” in honor of César Chávez.
Marchers carrying the familiar United Farm Workers flag led the march north from the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Dozens of marchers carried the familiar United Farm Workers flag as the parade carried the marchers north from the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Charles Powell represented Veterans for Peace in the march
Charles Powell represented Veterans for Peace in the march
Chants of  "¡Que Viva Dolores Huerta!" echoed thorughout downtown Albuquerque
Chants of “¡Que Viva Dolores Huerta!” echoed thorughout downtown Albuquerque
Members of the University of New Mexico's Movimiento Estudiantil de Aztlán (MEChA) joined the marchers.
Members of the University of New Mexico’s Movimiento Estudiantil de Aztlán (MEChA) joined the marchers.
Along with Dolores Huerta, Curanderas and Aztec dancers lead the march as it wound its way through downtown
Marching just behind Dolores Huerta, Curanderas mixed with Aztec dancers.
Sylviana Díaz-d'Ouville proudly marks herself as a "union thug," thus exploding another  union stereotype circulated by the bosses.
Sylviana Díaz-d’Ouville proudly marks herself as a “union thug,” thus exploding another stereotype of union members circulated by the bosses.
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The symbol and colors of the UFW decorated the trees of the cultural center.
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