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Honoring and celebrating my heritage and culture is not something I take for granted. For those of you who don’t know, I am third generation Mexican American. My mom’s side of the family has roots in Tucson, Arizona and my dad’s side has them here in Southern California. I spent a lot of time in both places when I was growing up and there’s one thing they both have in common—honoring Mexican culture, history, and traditions. It also helps when you have abuelitas who kept it real. Now, as an adult, I appreciate my roots more than ever. I have a better understanding of what it really is all about.
I recently spent a Sunday afternoon at the L.A. Cinco festival, which was located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (AKA Olvera Street) in Downtown Los Angeles. I was invited out by Credit Karma to join them in celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The food was amazing…duh! And the musical performances were all so unique, yet a true expression of how diverse this city is. I was especially in awe of the live art installations. There was a graffiti artist who spent the entire day working on his masterpiece.
Right there, in the middle of it all, there was one thing that stood out to me—the amazing sense of community. Everyone was there to celebrate together. No issues, no politics. It reminded me of what it was like as a kid. All of us together—eating, laughing, dancing, and just being us. Aren’t those always the best times? The stuff that great memories are made of.
Speaking of laughing…or rather making a fool of myself. As you’ll see in the photos below, I had a lot of fun of my own at the Credit Karma booth. Their ride looked like it was too much fun, so of course I had to try it out. Along with the photo booth and it’s glorious props. I even had a chance to check my credit score. No shame! In case you’re wondering, I do use Credit Karma frequently. Guys, I’m a grown up who wants to own a house one day. I need to keep track of my credit score. It’s real life kids.
While you’re contemplating what your credit score is…take a peek at my photos below.
Photos by Carlos Frausto
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Any and all opinions are true and my own.