Olvera Street (Los Angeles, USA) – description, history, location, reviews, photos and video.
Picturesque Olvera Street is the very place where the village was founded in 1781, whose full Spanish name translates as “Village of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Angels, on the Porciuncula River.” With the passage of time, geographic clarification was thrown out of the cumbersome name, and a little later it was completely turned into a “village of angels” – El Pueblo de Los Angeles, which today has become the laconic “El-Hey” – LA.
How to get there
Olvera Street is located in the historic center (Downtown) of Los Angeles, the closest attraction is Union Station.
On Olvera Street, Mexican cuisine is just as good as in Mexico.
What to buy
There are many shops along the street, where you can buy both trivial souvenirs and real works of folk crafts – high-quality leather and woven products, clothes, hats, art glass and accessories. Music shops deserve special attention – they sell a huge amount of Mexican music, and some CDs are recorded by the inhabitants of the street themselves.
What to watch
On Olvera Street, truly Latin American fun always reigns: colorful Mexican mansions are crowded on both sides of the street, Mariachi musicians are located right on the sidewalk, and fruit and typical souvenirs are sold on street stalls – sombrero hats, colorful capes and rugs, Spanish guitars. You should definitely go to one of the Mexican restaurants, of which there are many – dishes of national cuisine are prepared here no worse than in Mexico.
A Celebration of Life – Olvera Street
Noisy carnivals are another Olver Street specialty. On the Saturday before Easter, the traditional Latin American blessing of animals is held here – not only the usual domestic ones, but also exotic ones. In late October – early November, the eerie Day of the Dead is celebrated here, November 20 is the day of the Mexican Revolution, and the week before Christmas is occupied by Las Posadas – costumed processions symbolizing the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Well, if you are lucky enough to be on Olvera Street in June, you will be whirled in the swirl of flowers of the Las Flores fiesta.
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