la rama watsonville plaza Estrellas de Esperanza
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Musicians, dancers and the public take part in a Mexican holiday tradition called La Rama Friday night in Watsonville Plaza. The first-ever such event in Watsonville was hosted by students in the dance class, Estrellas de Esperanza, taught by Ruby Vasquez. The purpose of La Rama is to bring the community together in a procession to share traditional songs, lyrics and dance steps. It started at the weekly Watsonville Certified Farmers Market and, after threading through the market, the procession moved to the nearby Youth Center. There, more music, dancing and pastry treats rounded out the rest of the festive evening.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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