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OLD TOWN SPRING NIGHTS THIS FEB. AND MARCH

— Performances and Bonfires Happening Every Night —

This February and March, nightly entertainment and bonfires will be bring a festive evening atmosphere to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Presented by Fiesta de Reyes and all the Old Town State Park Merchants, performances from yesterday and today will take place on the green in the main park plaza from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every evening in February and March.

On Mondays, Teatro Mascara Magica will reenact a love story from 1850s & Los Diegos will perform Californio-era music. Tuesdays will be Potpourri Performance night with a variety of groups ranging from bluegrass music to performing arts schools to Cisco Kid movies. On Wednesdays, the plaza will celebrate the Jalisco traditional dance of Folklorico from the Grupo Folklorico de Chula Vista. On Thursday and Friday, live music will be performed by various Andean and Latin music groups, respectively. On Saturday, Los Rios will entertain the crowd with Mariachi Fusion music. On Sunday nights, Mango & Dango will combine old school circus techniques with creative character work to end the week of performances with a laugh.

There is free parking available after 5 p.m. each evening in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town. For more information, please visit fiestadereyes.com or Facebook.com/fiestadereyes.

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On Wednesdays, the plaza will celebrate the lively and colorful dance of Folklorico from the Grupo Folklorico de Chula Vista.

Here is a great video of Blessing of the Animals, courtesy of Paul O’Sullivan!

Blessing of the Animals from Paul OSullivan on Vimeo.

Here are a few pics we took from the Blessing of the Animals.
More to come!

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UPDATE: The Blessing of the Animals event in the state park was a great success. Approximately 300 people attended the event and dozens showed up to have Monsignor Mark Campbell bless their dogs, cats, rabbits, even a spider. Also participating were animal adoption agencies such as Shelly’s Shelter who had a bunny adopted, and Chihuahua Rescue who also had an adoption.

Charles Gailband from the Chula Vista Nature Center spoke about various exotic animals that they have on display at the Nature Center. The event also featured a visit by Blanco, the horse who played Shadowfax in the Ring Trilogy movies, and a demonstration by the Chula Vista Police Department K9 unit.

The blessing of the animals event was a big success! Thanks to everyone for coming out!
Be sure to check out the photo blog on the San Diego Union-Tribune’s web site at

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Don’t forget about our Tequila Dinner coming up Jan. 21!

This event is $30 per person or $50 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets call (619) 297-3100 ext.22 Directions to Barra Barra can be found at http://www.FiestaDeReyes.com.

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For the entire month of February and March performances will be held every night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on a stage in the center of the park.

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Be sure to check back for more information on the upcoming schedule!

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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Concessionaires Association is hosting a Blessing of the Animals event on January 17 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Led by Father Tom from the historic Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, in San Diego the annual Benediction of the Beasts celebrating St. Anthony of the Desert, the Patron Saint of Animals, also honors San Diego’s own Father Anthony Ubach. Because of his hard work, in 1886 a school for Native Americans was established in Old Town. It was named St. Anthony’s after Father Ubach.

This year, the event will have a decidedly wild personality. In addition to those who care for domestic animals like dogs and cats, organizations like the Sky Hunters and the Chula Vista Nature Center that educate the public about rescuing, rehabilitating and supporting wild animals and their habitat will be center stage. On hand will be many native animals that are rarely viewed up close that have been rescued but are now unable to return to the wild.

Perhaps the highlight of the day will be the exhibition by Cynthia Royal and her horse Blanco. Blanco starred in the highest grossing film trilogy of all time – the Lord of the Rings – as Shadowfax. A beautiful white/silver Andalusian stallion, Blanco will be available for petting and photos. There will also be a pet expo with treats for pets and owners as well as games for kids.

Admission to this event is free. The event begins at noon and ends at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.facebook.com/fiestadereyes

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Cynthia Royal and her horse Blanco who played Shadowfax in the Lord of the Rings movies. Both will be performing on January 17th at the Blessing of the Animals event in Old Town.

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Despite the rainstorm, hundreds came to the Las Posadas procession in Old Town Historic State Park on Saturday, Dec. 12. The 59th annual Las Posadas event was a candlelit procession that re-enacted the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Christ child. The procession was lead by professional actors in period costume, including Willie, the acting donkey. Everyone was invited to join the candlelit procession as the players went from inn to inn, asking for symbolic lodging. The performance group Camafeo entertained the crowd and children’s choirs sung traditional Spanish and English holiday songs.