Article by Venice Car Show event organizer Laura Ceballos.

The Venice Car Show fundraiser for the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument and celebration of Mexican Independence Day took place Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Oakwood Park in Venice.  It was hosted by the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument Committee. The event was sponsored by Council Member Mike Bonin, a strong supporter for the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument.

The Venice community came together to support this family friendly event. The event was a success and a great time for the Venice community to come together after the pandemic. It was a great cultural experience for the Venice community.

The car show displayed Venice’s finest classic cars and lowriders. There was authentic food, vendors, and entertainment. Special guest was Jimmy Humilde, Producer, born and raised Venetian who grew up on 5th and Indiana ave. The best DJ on the Westside, Joey Bustamante was rocking Oakwood Park. Venice Rapper “Baby Dog” performed live. There were live performances by Aztec Dancers and Folklorico Dancers.

The Venice Mexican American  Traquero Monument is spearheaded by Laura Ceballos, a Community Organizer/Activist and Venice Native. The Monument was approved by the LA City Council on May 5, 2021 and passed unanimously with the blessing of Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta.

The Monument will be the first Monument on the Westside to honor Mexican and Mexican American Railroad Workers known as “Traqueros” that helped construct the Main Railroad Transportation System and the Pacific Electric Interurban System on the Westside. The projected completion date is 2024.

Windward Circle in Venice, California will be home to the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument.

Project completion date is 2024.  Above photo from facebook: Venice-Mexican-American-Traquero-Monument

View Venice Car Show photos by Brian Averill.

About Brian Averill: Brian lives, works, and surf in Venice, California, where he also serve as a board member on the Venice Neighborhood Council.   His first photography book, Concrete to Saltwater, was published this past year and is now available locally here in Los Angeles at Small World Books and Mollusk in Venice, Arcana Books in Culver City, nationwide at Shopify, and internationally at Amazon.

The Venice Mexican American Traquero Committee is reaching out to our local Communities for financial contributions to help in the development and unveiling of this memorable monument.

For more info:  Venice-Mexican-American-Traquero-Monument

Thank You to Our Partners