FIESTA DE LAS ROSAS
A hand-painted mural depicting the historic parades on The Alameda, including the Rose Carnival in 1896, the Fiesta de Las Rosas in the 1920s and 1930s, to the present-day Rose, White & Blue parades.
The Arabesque “flagman’s shanty” was located near the train tracks and was brought from the 1895 Mid-winter Fair in SF by Southern Pacific RR to control traffic here on The Alameda.
The Kawasaki Origami roses reference previous parades when these were strung as paper lanterns over The Alameda.
The mélange of eras, from the old to the contemporary, depicted in the spirit of celebration, represent the mix of cultures, styles of fashion, range of transportation modes, and diversity of peoples, all contributing to the vibrant and much-beloved annual 4th of July celebration on The Alameda.
Painted by Lacey Bryant, August 2019
Gifted by Nicole Brown and Luisa Hurtado
Historical consultation by Larry Clark
References by the book “The Alameda The Beautiful Way” by Shannon Clark
Photos by Ian Lundie