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Los Angeles celebrates 227 years

September 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds gathered in downtown Los Angeles to mark not only Labor Day, but the founding of the city.It was a labor of love on this Labor Day. Angelenos walked nine miles from San Gabriel to downtown L.A. to commemorate the city's 227th birthday.

"It was excellent, as it is every year. This is my eighth year doing it. I'm a city council member of the city of San Gabriel and it's absolutely a pleasure to be involved in this," said Dave Gutierrez, San Gabriel City Council.

"It's great every year, the cooperation between both cities -- Los Angeles and San Gabriel -- and Mike Antonovich's office is a great supporter," said Julie Costanzo, San Gabriel Vice Mayor.

The trek is made in honor of the city settlers who first established Los Angeles in 1781.

San Gabriel and L.A. city officials joined descendants of those original settlers as they reenacted the walk that was made more than two centuries ago.

"Well, it's a great opportunity for us to retrace the steps of the 44 settlers who settled Los Angeles," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The birthday celebration continued on Olvera Street, where walkers were greeted with an enthusiastic welcome.

Activities included lots of music, food and fun, as the City of Angels celebrated another year.

 

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