Friday, May 30, 2008

Shoulder to Shoulder at Croatian Festival

Members and friends of San Pedro’s Croatian community ate, danced and celebrated in the streets over Memorial Day weekend at the annual Croatian Festival.

The day-long event at the Croatian American Club included food, music and dancing by dozens of youth in national costumes.

Organizers estimate that 3,000 people attended the festival, creating a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd at peak times.

The festival pays tribute to Croatian independence, achieved in 1990 during the fall of Eastern European Communism.

“It was very, very festive,” said Croatian American Club President Vladimir Lonza. “Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the young people.”

San Pedro is home to one of the largest Croatian populations in the U.S.

All photos by Robert Matesic of San Pedro.

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