Guzman for Aurora: The Fiestas Patrias Parade

Below, video highlights of Aurora’s 2016 Fiestas Patrias Parade featuring Guzman for Aurora. The youth group Simply Destinee made up a large part of the marchers supporting Rick Guzman’s run for mayor of Aurora.  Learn more at GUZMAN for AURORA.   Enjoy the Video and learn a little about Fiestas Patrias and Simply Destinee below.

rick-patriasFiestas patrias means “patriotic feasts” and refers to five of the seven national holidays of Mexico celebrating its nationhood: the Anniversary of the Constitution of 1917 (February 5), Benito Juárez’s Birthday (March 21), Labor Day (May 1), Independence Day (September 16), and the Anniversary of the Revolution of 1910 (November 20).  New Year’s and Christmas days are the other two holidays, and some people also consider Cinco de Mayo—celebrating the Mexican Republican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla in 1862—another of the fiestas patrias.  In the U.S. Cinco de Mayo has become perhaps more popular than the original five.

The September 16th celebration, the Dia de la Independencia shown in the Video below, also commemorates for some Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s “Grito de Dolores” (cry of Dolores).  In the early morning hours of September 16, 1810, at the village of Dolores near Guanajuato, Hidalgo called for the end of Spanish rule.  In some regions, the event has been celebrated for over 160 years.

Martin Luna started the youth group Simply Destinee in memory of his niece Destinee.  With the help of Liza Oliva, Destinee’s mother, they promote awareness, expression, and self-esteem for young people through many means, including the dancing they did in parade.  Guzman for Aurora thanks Simply Destinee for its support.


  Go the GUZMAN for AURORA website, and to the Lead Post on this site about Rick Guzman’s candidacy.

 Rick Guzman’s candidacy is about celebrating our togetherness, but also about creating more Life, more Growth, and more Safety for Aurora.  Go Here to find out how he led a project that turned a $500,000 city investment into a $35,000,000 development commitment, a 70-to-1 return on investment.

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Climbing Bryan’s Mountain, 2016 – Part 2

This is part of a series consisting of excerpts from a journal I keep reflecting on loss, healing, change, and other adventures, usually during the few summer weeks I spend in Sedona, AZ.  This one features a Video below, as well as links to the series’  Lead Post and to Emmanuel House.


I’ve titled this series of journal excerpts “Climbing Bryan’s Mountain,” but as I explained in the 2012 journal excerpts, it’s become a process of biking the mountain as much as going up by foot.

brysmtn-helmetThis summer I borrowed a Go-Pro from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust (where my wife works), strapped it on my bike helmet, and recorded some footage over two days.  I left out most of the uphill journey—a tiring, 25-minute or so slog—and focused more on the return: an exhilarating 6 minutes downhill.  The result is the video below.  Enjoy.

Bryan House

Emmanuel House started simply as Bryan House

In my narration I address the folks at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust so they know what I’m doing with their gear, and about 50 seconds in I talk about the main object of my climb: a tree about 1/3 the way up a mountain the world knows as Bell Rock.  Soon after Bryan Emmanuel Guzman died, we placed some of his ashes under that small pine and since then have called Bell Rock “Bryan’s Mountain.”  Also, soon after Bryan’s death his oldest brother Rick, and his wife Desiree, started a foundation called Emmanuel House as a living memorial.  In 2016 Emmanuel House was named one of the “Top 100” social change organizations in the world. I spend a few seconds telling about all this, but then the video below switches quickly back to biking and me zooming back down to the Village of Oak Creek, one of four areas making up the town of Sedona, Arizona.

Read Part 1 of the 2016 journal excerpts.
 Go to the Lead Post in the Climbing Bryan’s Mountain series.

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