Parade Honorees

Grand Marshal

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista is being honored as this year’s Grand Marshal for his contributions to the study of Latino health and culture. A celebrated author and distinguished speaker, Dr. Hayes-Bautista is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the author of:

  • La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State
  • Healing Latinos: Realidad y Fantasia
  • Redefining California: Latino Social Engagement in a Multicultural Society
  • The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society
  • El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition

“Hayes-Bautista has reconstructed the rich social and political world of these California Latinos in painstaking detail, and his analysis of their widespread political engagement reveals an activism hitherto not fully recognized. This is an original and revealing book that changes the way we think about nineteenth century California,” said Richard Griswold del Castillo, author of The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: A Legacy of Conflict.

Book signing: Following the parade, Dr. Hayes-Bautista will sign copies of his latest volume, El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.


Community Grand Marshal

Abel Ramirez

Mr. Abel Ramirez is the Community Grand Marshal for his dedication and service to the community. Mr. Ramirez is an entrepreneur, restaurateur and dedicated Pasadena citizen. In 1964 Mr. Ramirez came to the United States from his native Yucatan, Mexico.  His journey began as a dishwasher at the Huntington Hotel; fourteen years later he was manager of Caltech’s,  Athenaeum.

In 1994 he purchased El Portal Restaurant, a now popular restaurant specializing in the Yucatan and Mexican cuisine. In addition to El Portal, he and his family own Vanessa’s Café and Yahaira’s Café, all restaurants in Pasadena.

Mr. Ramirez was a co-founder of Latinofest, has donated countless hours to the Tournament of Rose, has served as President of the Playhouse District and is current President of the Board of the Pasadena Senior Center.  He also serves on the board of Latino Heritage.

El Portal Restaurant


Doña Eulalia Award

Steve Gray, Superintendent of Pasadena Christian School

Mr. Steven Gray, Ph.D., Superintendent and the Pasadena Christian School have been awarded the Doña Eulalia Award for their continued support of the Latino Heritage Parade and jamaica. Pasadena Christian School offers academic excellence backed by a broad range of campus facilities and features not available elsewhere.

For more six decades, Pasadena Christian School has evolved and grown much like the thousands of students that passed through its halls. 2010 saw the completion of new Junior High facilities and refurbishment of the Administration building.

In 2002, the Fritz B. Burns Library and Media Center was completed. Today, the nine acre campus is part digital and analog, high tech and high touch, fiber optics and wood shop. Combined, the many features of our campus add up to their own special recipe of educational magic.

The  Doña Eulalia Award, honors Eulalia Pérez de Guillén Mariné, (1766 – June 11, 1878), was a Californio who was mayordoma of Missión San Gabriel Arcángel and grantee of Rancho del Rincón de San Pascual in the San Rafael Hills, in present day Los Angeles County, California.


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