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LA State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Processions commence at 10:00

Procession is a three-part walking performance initiated by artist Debra Scacco and co-organized with artist Joel Garcia that traces the geographic and cultural memory of Los Angeles through the legacy of the Los Angeles River (Paayme Paxaayt).

Each walk will include up to 100 participants and is guided by a local artist, including members of the Tongva and Chumash tribal communities—i.e., Los Angeles’s First Peoples—Lazaro Arvizu Jr. (Gabrielino/Tongva) and Tina Calderon (Gabrielino Tongva, Chumash, Yoeme), as well as Little Tokyo’s Nobuko Miyamoto.

All are welcome to join a procession! Participants have the opportunity to follow a prominent, local culture bearer alongside other performing artists who collaborate with each walking cohort. All participants are invited to mark this unique occasion by wearing and carrying reflective fiber and paper-based sculptures. Hand-built by members of the larger community, each light-weight sculpture represents an example of river flora or fauna. 

Procession’s walking performances will converge at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, where their arrival launches a festival, presented by Scacco, Garcia, and the Los Angeles State Historic Park, that celebrates the Los Angeles River and the water ecology of California

Procession is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Metabolic Studio, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Wilhelm Family Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan.

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