Eastside Lakers Street Party Part 1

After the Lakers won the championship last year, I watched the news coverage of the street celebrations that took place on the Eastside.  I decided that day, that if the Lakers won the NBA crown once again, this time I would witness the street celebrations firsthand from the “Belly of the Beast.”

Due to my inabilty to handle the stress of watching the game live,..I set my DVR to record and took an extended walk around my East L.A. neighborhood to bask in the energy that hung in the air. The heat of sports passion was already high, thank to the earlier soccer heroics of “El Tri” in the World Cup. The sun was setting fast by the 4th quarter and smell of impending victory and carne asada was intoxicating.

House to house, TV sets blared, punctuated by hoots, hollers and claps. the sounds of excitement echoed across the deserted Eastside neighborhoods.

I made my way to the Kmart/Target shopping center where the police had begun to station themselves and install road blocks to cut Whittier Bl. off to cross to traffic. I could tell that this time there would be a prepared show of force to keep any street celebrations to a minimum.

I got back to my parents house to watch the final seconds of the game tick away, and a collective roar of celebration arose from the East Los soul as houses emptied and revelers took to the streets. Our Lakers were champions once again!

We then proceeded, video camera in hand, to navigate Whittier Blvd. on foot. Beginning at Gerhart Ave., heading west towards Atlantic Ave…..

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About AlDesmadre

Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: alguerrero@earthlink.net Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697 www.alguerrero.com Myspace.com/thepuppetsfromhell

3 thoughts on “Eastside Lakers Street Party Part 1

  1. Very cool videos, thanks for documenting!
    I guess mens’ desire to see bare breasted women during public celebrations exists on both sides of the border. Listen closely to the chant in this video taken yesterday as Mexican fans march from the Zocalo to El Angel:
    “chichis pa la banda”???

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