LA Times CC Kicks Off Cinco
de Mayo at Elysian Park

Story & Photos: Daniel Jarasa

Mention “Elysian Park” to the lowrider community, and it’s enough to raise an eyebrow. The park, often referred to as “Avenue of the Palms, is legendary for its twin row of Canary Island Date palms that serve as the perfect backdrop for car cruises and picnics.

So when LA Times Car Club announced a get-together for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, I already knew that I had to get there early to avoid the traffic jam – unfortunately, “early” wasn’t early enough. The night prior, High-Class car club was already reserving its spaces by 9 pm, followed by the midnight arrival of Los Angeles, Limited, First Class and Majestics car clubs. But that’s the price you pay if you want a prime spot, and just like the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm.”

I spent close to 6 hours at Elysian Park, and the action was non-stop. From show cars to project cars, hoppers to bikes, there was a little bit of everything for everybody. The hoppers were firing off in friendly competition, the BBQs were on high heat, you definitely missed if you couldn’t attend. A big thanks to LA Times for putting this together.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT THE FAMOUS PALM TREES – THAT ARE DYING
Those famous palm trees have photobombed our picnics and our car cruises, but soon enough, they’ll be a thing of the past. A little-known fact is that the palm trees are dying from a fungus called Fusarium Wilt. In anticipation of their death, the city has already planted other palm trees to take their place, but this time around, they’re planting Chilean Wine Palms because they are resistant to the fungus.
So snap your pics and cherish the moments because soon, that famous backdrop will all be different.

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