The small town of Planada celebrated its annual Community Day last Saturday, May 7, in and around Houlihan Park. The festive tradition dates back more than 55 years.
The event began at 10AM with a parade through the streets of town, leading to the newly renovated park where food, artisan vendors and informational booths awaited residents. The day was full of attractions, including folkloric dance performances, a car show and horsemanship demonstrations.
Longtime Planada resident, John Adame, led the parade as the Grand Marshal. The home-grown community activist is the owner of the local grocery store, Broadway Market.
He was surrounded by family as State Senator Anna Caballero and County Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza presented him with certificates of recognition for the honorable work he has done for his town.
“I am pleased to recognize Mr. Adame who has always been a leader in the community of Planada,” Senator Caballero spoke in Spanish to the crowd of residents. “Thank you Mr. Adame for all your hard work and dedication here in this community who loves you so much.”
Caballero also presented certificates of recognition from the offices of Representative Jim Costa and Assemblymember Adam Gray.
“The Board of Directors of the Planada Community Day have also done a tremendous job organizing this wonderful event,” she finished in English, thanking the community for their participation.
Merced County Office of Education Superintendent, Dr. Steve Tietjen, was in attendance as well as Fresno Councilwoman and State Assembly candidate Esmeralda Soria, District Attorney Kimberly Lewis, and her challenger in the upcoming election, Nicole Silveria.
DJ Zilla and the band, Sound Remedy, provided residents with music and a live performance for all ages to enjoy.