Frontier Days: A Golden Gate tradition and community bond

Members of the Danza Azteca Guadalupana Dance group, Benito Navarro, left, and Norma Moreno, strand next to their float prior to the start of the 2009 Golden Gate Frontier Days Parade.

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Members of the Danza Azteca Guadalupana Dance group, Benito Navarro, left, and Norma Moreno, strand next to their float prior to the start of the 2009 Golden Gate Frontier Days Parade.

Golden Gate Frontier Days and parade began as a little neighborhood affair, with a parade and, later a cookout.

Now, a community center stands on the field where volunteers plucked hamburgers and hot dogs from outdoor grills.

“The particular purpose then was to keep the neighborhood together,” explained Peggy Harris, president of Golden Gate Frontier Days. “Now the goal is to keep the community educated as to what goes on in our area and what it offers.”

This year’s Frontier Days are today through Sunday, and she’s excited about the festival’s wall-to-wall entertainment over those three days: Latin bands today, country bands on Saturday and gospel music on Sunday. “We did really well this year. We have much more entertainment.”

And for the midway addicts, there is a “Midnight Madness” special one-price ride session from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Harris says the prices are one-price ride bracelets are still being set, but there are day bracelets available as well. You’ll want to get off the rides to take in the arts and crafts sellers, the food tents and educational booths of local businesses and nonprofit agencies offer visitors a close look at what Golden Gate has to offer.

It’s all at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. The schedule is below, but for more information check out the Frontier Days space on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Gate-Frontier-Days-Festival/371833109960

Admission: younger than 5, free; ages 5-16, $2; adults 17 and on, $5.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2010 —

Latin Day:

6 p.m. to midnight: Midway rides, food, vendors, agencies

6-6:25 p.m.: Cancombe Medio Mundo (Tambores)

6:25 - 6:50 p.m.: D’Colores Mexican dance

6:50 - 7 p.m: JC Entertainment

7 - 7:40 p.m.: Azteca Dancers Guadalupena

7:40 - 8:10 p.m.: JC Entertainment

8:10 - 9:40 p.m.: Conjunto Kafe — salso, bolero, merengue, cumbia, cha-cha

9:40 - 10:10 p.m.: Music by JC Entertainment

10:10 - 11:30 p.m.: Odas Latin rock band

11:30 - midnight: JC Entertainment

SATURDAY — Country Day

3 p.m.: Parade

3 p.m. to midnight: Midway rides, food, vendors, agencies

6:30 - 10 p.m.: Fakahatchee Band

SUNDAY — Family Fun Day

Unlimited rides for those purchasing a bracelet - 4-8 p.m.

Pony rides, entertainment, food

5 - 5:30 p.m.: New Life Church choir

5:30 - 5:45 p.m.: DJ’s Big Style

5:45 - 6:15 p.m.: Kellyn Celt Arts Irish Dance Academy

6:15- 6:30 p.m.: DJ’s Big Style

6:30 - 7 p.m.: Rockets All-Star cheerleaders

7-7:15 p.m.: DJ Big Style

7:15 - 7:45 p.m.: Karate demonstration

7:45 - 8 p.m.: DJ Big Style

8-8:30 p.m.: MIx Max Socks (Singing)

8-10 p.m.: DJ Big Style

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