Mission Statement: The Watsonville Multicultural Celebration in the Plaza promotes the exchange of historical and cultural traditions through song, dance and engaging activities. Our goal is for Watsonville’s children and adults alike to know their city’s rich history and diversity of culture that fills our historic plaza on this special day of the year. We welcome the people of our community to come together to learn, discover, and celebrate in an atmosphere that honors all.
Our History: In 2011, led by the visionary leadership of Victoria Nelson, Harry Wiggins, and a small group of volunteers gathered to organize a celebration to share our diverse holiday traditions in the Plaza for one special day. Every year our volunteers continue the tradition of learning and celebrating the diversity of people that make up Watsonville.
In 2015 the Multicultural Celebration Committee (MCC) joined the City of Watsonville Tree Lighting event to extend our afternoon of cultural music, dance and engaging booth displays to an evening full of spirit and lights.
The 2018 Watsonville Multicultural Celebration will be the 7th Anniversary celebrating the City of Watsonville, where our crops are as diverse as our people. Multicultural
Celebration Committee Members include: YWCA of Watsonville, City of Watsonville, Watsonville Senior Center, Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Pajaro Valley Jewish Community, Knights of Columbus 11804—The American Legion (Michael Baker), Harry and Clarice Wiggins.
Event Date: Saturday December 1st 2018 MCC Event Time: 1:30-5:00 pm followed by Tree Lighting
Dear Multicultural Celebration Participants, The Watsonville Multicultural Celebration Committee (MCC) members gratefully acknowledge your participation into this year’s celebrations! Thank you for your energetic enthusiasm in helping bring the Watsonville community together.
Set Up: Food/Craft Sale: Designated assigned spot on Peck St. (between Union St and Main St). Booth location given on site. Reminder: Bring own tables, chairs, canopy, extension cords and other materials as needed. Set Up Begins: 12:30pm
Activity: All booths located in Watsonville Plaza should have an activity for the public. Booth location given on site. Reminder: Bring own tables, chairs, canopy, extension cords and other materials as needed. Set Up Begins: 12:30pm
Performances: See final schedule for Performance will be provided on Attachment Set Up Begins: 30 min before scheduled time.
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.
YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.