There is a small plaza (plazita?) just to the east of Olvera Street. It’s a pleasant little space with a nice view of Los Angeles Union Station across the street. I’m not sure if it has an official name but a statue of Antonio Aguilar was unveiled in the fountain there about a year ago.
According to Wikipedia (and I hope all of you who use that website contributed a few dollars this year to keep it running):
“José Pascual Antonio Aguilar Márquez-Barraza (May 17, 1919 – June 19, 2007), most commonly known as Antonio Aguilar, nicknamed El Charro de México, was a Mexican singer-songwriter, actor, film producer, and screenwriter. During his career, he made over 150 albums, which sold 25 million copies, and made 167 movies.”
This is his photo from the Wikipedia page:
Señor Aguilar also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Why he was honored with a statue near Olvera Street I am not really sure, although I did read one story that he came to Los Angeles illegally and slept for several days in this plazita before making his name as an entertainer.
All the above photos I took in June of this year. I was passing by there a few days ago. I was attracted by some music. This quiet little park tucked away unobtrusively beyond the main tourist area had come alive. A band was playing what sounded to me like Mexican music but what do I know? The only song I recognized was “Feliz Navidad.”
There was quite a crowd and many people enjoying themselves dancing. It was just a beautiful day. It was a couple of days before Christmas. I had spent a splendid day on my own wandering around the Union Station, Olvera Street, Plaza area and I was on my way back to Union Station to take the train home. This little concert capped off my perfect day in downtown Los Angeles. I was grateful to be alive.
I posted some of my Olvera Street photos from that same day here. And soon I’ll be posting more photos from the Chinese American Museum, LA’s first fire station and La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles.
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