Parade of Ancestors

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 08 Mar 12 - 2 Comments

Calhoun County is so rich with its various historical sites, events, and especially the great number of various cultures and families that have settled here. This is indicated by the numerous languages spoken here. This event was organized by a group of volunteers to bring a gathering and celebration to downtown Port Lavaca and Calhoun County. What better way than to “break bread” and have the different cultures present their various food with others and at the same time show our young generations the various ethnic groups that are or have been part of history in this county.

Dr. Peggy Dobbins, a Canadian winter Texan, has been coming to Calhoun County for many years. Peggy and her husband Mike have been amazed at the history, resources and cultures in this county and they have become involved in our community and have invested in a home away from home in Calhoun County.

There is a vast cross section of the various ethnic citizens that have volunteered to promote this event. Each group has brought history, knowledge, experience, and warmth to the organizational table.

For additional information you may contact: Chairing the event is Peggy Dobbins (404-523-6685), with Co-Chair Robert Ojeda (361-827-3627) and Committee Member Rose Pena (361-652-0410).

Robert Ojeda was educated and reared in Calhoun County, moved to California and after receiving his Masters Degree he returned to Calhoun County, becoming involved in the Historical Commission and pursuing the Arts.

Rose Pena, a native of Port Lavaca, has been involved in various organizations within the area. After retiring from Dow-Seadrift Location she went to work at the Chamber of Commerce and there she continued to promote Port Lavaca and Calhoun County.

While in Washington D. C., she met Mr. Sam Elliott and was asked what makes Calhoun County so special. Rose’s response was, “Four Jewels that may be enjoyed and shared: Our Diversified Cultures and Ethnic Groups; Natural Resources Pristine Coastal Lines and great Seafood; Heritage and Historical Events; and Our thriving Industrial Businesses”.

A proclamation was signed by the Honorable Judge Michael Pfeiffer and the Honorable Jack Whitlow, Mayor of Port Lavaca declaring March 17th, 2012 as All Calhoun County Cultures and Cuisines with a Parade of Ancestors. Some of the noted highlights of this proclamation are:

Whereas: Calhoun County more harmoniously encompasses heavy manufacturing and chemical industries, agriculture of corn, cotton, soybeans, catfish, crawfish, shrimp, cattle and horses, commercial oystering and shrimping, recreational hunting, fishing, sailing, kayaking, bird watching and sunning, more miles of shoreline languages spoken and ancestral cultures than any known rural coastal county.

Whereas: We are more likely to remember as well as our grandchildren, and strangers passing through, and are more likely to mark their calendars to return and tell others of an All Calhoun County Cultures and Cuisines with a Parade of Ancestors on Main Street in Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, Texas on the third Saturday of March.

You are invited to join, attend, and participate in the first annual

Calhoun County All Cultures and Cuisines with Parade of Ancestors

Saturday, March 17, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Olde” Down Town Main Street Port Lavaca, Texas

Come, promenade thru downtown in costumes of ancestral, adopted heritage, or favorite historical character.

Parade Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Starting at 100 South Ann Street, right on Main Street, dispersing at Commerce St.

Ribbon Cutting and opening of Ceremony at Main and Virginia St.

Ethnic Food *** Music *** Dance Entertainment Downtown Shopping in Local Stores***All found on Main Street

Sponsored by Calhoun County All Cultures and Cuisines Committee, Members and Volunteers, Main Street Organization, Main Street Businesses, City of Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, DOW Chemical-Seadrift Location, Port Lavaca Wave, Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce

2 comments for “Parade of Ancestors”


Good coverage on the parade of ancestors. Whom are YOU
coming as? Btw: I like Canadians, but can’t claim to be one. I grew up in corpus, came back after 50 years. Never lIved in Canada in between either. Oh well

March 15th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Good coverage on the parade of ancestors. Whom are YOU
coming as? Btw: I like Canadians, but never lived there. I grew up in corpus, came back after 50 years.

March 15th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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