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THE EPICENTER OF FUTURE GROWTH IN THE EASTERN COACHELLA VALLEY.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY GREGG FELSEN
MAYOR: Steven Hernandez
Betty Sanchez, V. Manuel Pérez,
Philip “Felipe” Bautista
YEAR INCORPORATED: 1946
WEBSI TE: www.coachella.org
Coachella is the focal point of Hispanic culture
in the Coachella Valley, offering some of central
Riverside County’s unique restaurants and cultural events.
This is the city that features truly authentic
regional Mexican cuisine like Mariscos El Capitan, which produces delicious seafood dishes
unavailable anywhere else in the valley.
Coachella, in fact, has one of the largest such
celebrations in Southern California with live
music, folkloric dancers, and a re-enactment
of Mexico’s call for independence, which took
place Sept. 16, 1810. Coachella’s next El Grito/
Fiestas Patrias event will take place at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18 in Rancho Las Flores Park.
Coachella is where you’ll find traditional
taquerias and restaurants like Plaza Garibaldi,
which offers dishes ranging from huaraches
and sopes to fork-tender pork that’s cooked al
pastor — on a spit — and old-fashioned, home-style eateries like Jalisco that take you back to
another time and place.
Coachella is also gaining recognition for its
annual Run with Los Muertos 5K run/walk
event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in
which participants run or walk to honor the
memory of a loved one. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes or T-shirts and glow-in-the-dark gear to honor their departed family
members and friends.
And when it comes to cultural events,
Coachella is regionally famous for its El Grito/
Fiestas Patrias celebration, which commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain.
The event, which includes live music and
dancing as well as food vendors, a beer garden
and Day of the Dead art displays, takes places in
Coachella’s “Pueblo Viejo” downtown, which
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