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Celebrate South Valley Pride This Sunday

Enjoy great music, food, family activities

Bernalillo County– Celebrate South Valley Pride Day this Sunday, a special community celebration featuring great music, food and performances from school and youth groups.

Commissioner Art De La Cruz today highlighted this unique community event, which started in 1995 as a way to celebrate the people and places that make the South Valley a great place to live and work.

“I’m honored to be part of this year’s South Valley Pride Day, which highlights the many positive things about our community, from our Outstanding Citizens celebration to the many school and youth groups that will perform throughout the day,” Commissioner Art De La Cruz says.

On Saturday morning, school and other volunteer groups will gather at Westside Community Center for a community clean-up throughout the area. Dumpsters will be available at 1120 Old Coors Road S.W. from 8 a.m. to noon for the South Valley community to drop off household waste.

On Sunday, festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a parade along Isleta Boulevard S.W. This year’s Outstanding Citizens celebration begins at noon, featuring 11 community volunteers that have given back to the community, including coaches, educators, Open Space advocates and others.

This year’s Outstanding Citizens include: Prentis Jones, Gloria Orona, David “Hossie” Sanchez, Elyse Sedillo, Jerry Donalson, Linda Martin, Michael Chavez, Racheal Sweeney, Albino Garcia, Jr., and John A. and Frances Vigil.

Entertainment includes Miguelito, Severo y Grupo Fuego and Joe Sais.

A summary of this year’s celebration follows:

Saturday, May 3

8 a.m.: Community clean-up teams gather at Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. S.W.

Dumpsters will be available for South Valley community to drop off household waste at 1120 Old Coors Road S.W. from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 314.0350 for more information.

Sunday, May 4

11 a.m.: Parade begins at the corner of Blake Road and Isleta Blvd. S.W., and ends at Westside Community Center.

Noon – 5 p.m.: South Valley Pride Day Celebration, Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. S.W.

Enjoy a car show, Outstanding Citizens celebration, live music, food and more.

For more information please call 505.314.0176.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with 670,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in the city and to the 114,000 residents who live outside the city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,400 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.