The culture and colors of Oaxaca take center stage in Lincoln Heights

Photos by Artree Maharajh

The Oaxacan community of Los Angeles is centered in the Pic0-Union neighborhood west of downtown. But, at least for today,  Lincoln Heights seemed the place to be for all things Oaxacan as the annual Guelaguetza Festival-which celebrates the culture of the Mexican state-was held in Lincoln Park.  Festival organizers decided to move the event from Pico-Union to Lincoln Heights in a bid to expose Oaxacan culture to a broader section of Latinos and other residents, according to the L.A. Times. “There  were lots of vendors selling hand- crafted Oaxacan goods,” said Artree Maharajh, who took photos of the event.  “Very good event; great music and food; and great family environment. The young children participating in the dancing shows were great showing off traditional Oaxacan-style traditions and customs.”

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