Fiesta Primavera

Fiesta Primavera Spring Fest Benicia California


The Solano Aids Coalition (SAC), along with logistical support from the City, the Benicia Public Library, the Benicia Unified School District, Benicia Black Lives Matters and the Kyle Hyland Foundation, is proud to announce the creation of a wonderful and inclusive Benicia cultural event called Fiestas Primavera, a Mexican/Latino Indigenous tradition to celebrate and honor the coming of spring.

The festival represents an opportunity for all communities to unite in an energetic celebration of change and renewal, to learn about our history and the history of human migration, and to honor a culture which has contributed significantly to making Benicia what it is today.

As a frequent and long-time organizer of such city-wide events as Dia de los Muertos in Vallejo, SAC is uniquely positioned to create an event that will be successful and positive for all. We aim to offer a program that empowers Benicia youth in particular, and have developed partnerships with trusted community organizations like the Kyle Hyland Foundation and the Benicia School District to ensure we meet that goal. That said, this festival should appeal to everyone. More information in the ABOUT SAC section below.

Theme and Performances

The focus of Fiestas Primavera will revolve around the rich cultural heritage of  Mexico. We will showcase the diversity and beauty of Mexican traditions through  various performances, including: 

Aztec Dancers: To start off the event, we will have cultural Aztec dancers showcasing their ancient rituals and vibrant regalia. Their rhythmic movements and dramatic headdresses will captivate the audience. 

Ballet Folklorico: The renowned Ballet Folklorico group will take the stage with their energetic and colorful regalia, representing different regions of Mexico.  The audience will be transported through the country’s dance traditions.

Los Diablos Dancers: Adding a touch of mystique and excitement, the Los  Diablos dancers will perform their traditional dances. Adorned in vibrant devil masks and regalia, their energetic and acrobatic movements will leave the crowd in awe. 

Los Diablos Dancers: Adding a touch of mystique and excitement, the Los  Diablos dancers will perform their traditional dances. Adorned in vibrant devil masks and regalia, their energetic and acrobatic movements will leave the crowd in awe. 

Latin Group: Will invite all the community to dance and enjoy the festival with their harmonious and beautiful songs. 

Vendors and Activities

In addition to the captivating performances, Fiestas Primavera will feature a  range of vendors offering delicious food, handmade crafts, and cultural artifacts.  Attendees will have the opportunity to explore traditional Mexican cuisine, unique souvenirs, and immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere.

Kid Zone

To ensure that Fiestas Primavera is a family-friendly event, we will create a  dedicated Kid Zone where children can have a fantastic time. Here are some of the attractions we can include:

Games: We will set up various traditional Mexican, such as “Break the Pinata” and “Lotería” (Mexican bingo), for kids to enjoy. These games will provide entertainment and allow children to experience Mexican culture in a fun way.

Jumper: A colorful inflatable will be set up in the Kid Zone, providing children with a safe and enjoyable space to bounce, jump, and play. 

Clowns: Professional clowns will roam around the Kid Zone, entertaining kids with their funny antics and balloon-twisting skills. Their presence will ensure a  lively and joyful atmosphere for the young audience. 

Catrinas: In honor of Mexican traditions, we can organize a face painting booth where children can transform into beautiful Catrinas and Catrinos. This activity will allow them to embrace the Day of the Dead spirit and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Mexico.

Integration with Main Event

The Kid Zone will be strategically located within the overall event space, allowing parents to keep an eye on their children enjoying the performances, food, and vendors. The lively and vibrant atmosphere of the Kid Zone will blend seamlessly with the rest of Fiestas Primavera, ensuring a cohesive and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

With the addition of the Kid Zone, Fiestas Primavera will become a truly inclusive event, catering to the entire family. Children will have a blast playing games, doing creative and cultural art projects, jumping in inflatable jumpers,  interacting with clowns, and embracing Mexican culture through face painting, pinatas, etc. 

Miss Primavera Scholarship Contest

To add a touch of elegance to the event, and to have student involvement in the event, we organized the Miss Primavera Scholarship pageant for BUSD high school juniors and sophomores. This will serve as a platform to celebrate the youth’s contribution to new beginnings, culture, beauty, grace, diversity, and community. There will be 4 pageant winners crowned; Queen, King, Duke, and  Duchess of the event.

Contestants will be judged based on an original essay projecting their passion for equity, history, culture, and community.

The crowned Primavera royalty not only receive the symbolic crown but will be offered leadership training and be allowed to act as an ambassador of the event and to participate in community outreach programs throughout the year. They also will receive scholarships in the amounts of $1,000 for the King and Queen each, and $500 for the Duke and Duchess.

SUMMARY

Fiestas Primavera promises to be a grand celebration of Hispanic culture and the arrival of spring. With captivating performances by Aztec dancers, Ballet  Folklorico, and Los Diablos dancers, live entertainment along with the presence of various vendors, and the crowning of Miss Primavera and her court, the event will leave a lasting impression on both the community and visitors. 

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to let me know. I’m here to help!

With your help, we will be able to educate our youth and bring awareness to our community in a family-friendly and fun way!

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Sincerely, Mario Saucedo


Vendors Signup Form

In order to make this wondrous event a success, we need your help and support with your generous donation.|
We are asking you to sponsor this event by making a financial donation to the Solano AIDS Coalition, Fiesta Primavera Benicia. You can support us as a founding sponsor and in doing so would be heavily promoted as a community partner across social media and on-the-day acknowledgments. This is a once-in-a-decade chance to support positive change and community values and become affiliated with a high-profile event that will likely become a cherished tradition in Benicia.


Sponsorship Google Form

ABOUT (SAC) SOLANO AIDS COALITION

Solano AIDS Coalition was opened in 2002 to help those in need. The Solano AIDS Coalition is a community based organization that networks with the community to provide goods and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS.   Mission To provide services, education for preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs/STIs), information and assistance to those in our community affected by the HIV virus. To build community support and awareness in the fight against HIV.

S.A.C. as a Community Resource:
Community Clothes Closet: year-round access to new/gently used clothing, blankets, and outdoor living supplies for men, women, and children.

Pantry/Food Bank: year-round access to emergency food and quarterly food banks.

Holiday Island Of Misfits Toy Drive & Give-away: annual give-away of toys to over 800 children from families infected with HIV and/or low-income, the weekend before Christmas Day.

Community Christmas: a free community & unity event on Christmas Day for anyone who wants a family to spend the holiday with; participants get to shop for clothes, winter supplies, toys, and treats. There is a 3-course meal, live music, games, and much more.

SAC It: a condom campaign, providing free condoms for distribution (~16-yrs). Over 2,000,000 free condoms given away to the community.

Fighting for HIV Awareness Events: quarterly educational event involves local youth martial arts students who perform during live public demonstrations of what it means to “Fight the Virus”

HIV Case Management/Advocacy: support to those infected with HIV including: support service referrals, transportation, assistance with accessing social and legal services, shelter, food, clothing, and more.
SAC Traveling AIDS Quilt: traveling quilt visits schools, churches, farmer’s markets, and other community events giving participants the opportunity to make a quilt panel to honor and in remembrance of loved ones who have fallen victim to infection with HIV.

Unity Day To promote the spirit of unity and collaboration  in our community. Unity Day is an event where Vallejoans’ can celebrate who they are in forms of music, dance, song, exhibition,  activities, and food. So many beautiful people in town with so many  things to share! It’s a day Vallejo calls its own where we celebrate  us!! A day to celebrate our community and to help eliminate  discrimination by our minds and hearts. A day to learn about different  cultures and lifestyles- supporting efforts to work together across  ideological and political lines.

Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” Festivities. This event is designed to educate the community, also to honor the loved ones who have passed away by building a community alter. There is face-painting, live music, and dance performances.

World AIDS Day & Rock the Red Drag Show Event: annually on Dec. 1st with educational and block party style events designed to raise awareness, and remember loved ones that died due to HIV infection. To celebrate the lives of HIV+ people who are living and thriving.

Cultural Events (Black History, Easter, Cinco De Mayo, 4th of July, Fiestas Patrias, Art Walk, Health Expo, and so on…) Year Round Educating And Bringing Awareness To The Community About HIV/AIDS STDs/STIs And Other Causes.

As a Nonprofit leader in our community, you no doubt understand the pressing need for HIV Awareness, prevention and medical support. Solano County has one the most under served HIV/AIDS positive populations in Northern California and very little is done to promote effective prevention and care. Our efforts to educate and assist cannot take effect unless we have the support of everyone in our community. That’s where you come in! Please Donate or become a volunteer.

Please Donate to help out the community
with these special events and other events that
educate people about STDs, HIV, AIDS and other causes
to make this world a better place. Most of our money comes from our pockets, volunteers, and a few members of the community. We do not have big sponsors.
Please donate and be a sponsor.
Thank You.
Zelle
Public charity Status  170 (b) (1) (A)  (vi) Nonprofit number Tax Exemption 501 (C) (3) By donating, you will be able to help us reach thousands more in Solano County and save lives.


If you would like to sit down and have a discussion about donating time, money, or services, you can contact me directly at 707-450-5861 or email me at SolanoAidsCoalition@yahoo.com

I hope to hear from you soon, and thank you in advance for your generosity.

With warm regards,
Mario Saucedo Executive Director of Solano AIDS Coalition

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