Olvera Street

On a recent Saturday morning, I took some relatives who were visiting from out of state to Olvera Street, or La Placita Olvera, as it’s commonly known to Latinos in Los Angeles.

Olvera Street is part of the El Pueblo de los Angeles historic district, one of the oldest parts of Los Angeles.  It is a bustling and vibrant area that attracts a large number of local and outside tourism.  With many historic buildings, including the oldest standing residence in the city (Avila Adobe built in 1818), and a colorful marketplace, it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours immersed in a mixture of traditional Mexican crafts and food, as well as folkoric dances executed by street performers.  We were lucky enough to catch the Aztec dancers that day, performing several ritual numbers to the sounds of drums, flutes, and conch shells (played as trumpets).

As we walked around enjoying the sights and sounds, I took every chance I got to document the mini-expedition with pictures.  Following are some select shots and collages that I’d like to share with you.

The first thing that caught our attention when we got there was the sound of drums and chants, so we immediately headed over to the source:

Aztec dancers in action

Aztec dancers in action – different angles

Couple posing with performers after the show

Tourist couple posing with performers after the show

The marketplace occupies the middle of the Olvera Street alley.  Many different types of Mexican arts and crafts, and even for-hire musicians can be seen here:

Wares for sale include traditional “huaraches” (a kind of Mexican sandals), masks, guitars, etc.

Vibrant and colorful marketplace surrounded by historic buildings and restaurants

A tourist poses with a mannequin couple

And, finally, some pictures of the Avila Adobe, which, as I mentioned earlier, is the oldest standing residence in the city of Los Angeles:

Clockwise (from left to right): the outside view, the dining room, and the kitchen.

The formal dining room

The courtyard with a wooden cart and many fruit trees

And that’s all for now.  I hope you enjoyed the images.  I had fun taking them!


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