09 Jul Pasados del Presidio
This past weekend, the Anza Trail participated in the Pasados del Presidio event at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was two-day commemoration of the Presidio’s founding as a Spanish Army post, and honored the heritage of early Californian cultures—Native American, Spanish and Mexican—and the founding of El Presidio de San Francisco in 1776.
There was Ohlone Basket weaving, candle making, yarn spinning, Tortilla Making and Tasting, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, Zazpiak Bat Basque Dancers, singers, and more!
The Anza staff had an Adobe Brick making stand to emphasize how the early settlers used adobe bricks as building material for their sturdy and safe housing. It was fun getting down and dirty with the little kids that came to visit!
On Saturday, the descendants of the original founding families of the Anza Expedition commemorated the journey of their ancestors and the founding of El Presidio de San Francisco. There was a color guard presentation, procession by the Amigos de Anza horse-mounted riders, and a roll call of the people who made the 1200+ mile trek from Sonora and Sinaloa (in modern Mexico).