Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

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Young daughter of one of Mexio Lindo's dancers

Mexico Lindo

A dancer shows off her colorful dressA thank-you card drawn by NikkiMexico Lindo is a mariachi band. It has two guitarists, two female dances, and one pianist. One thing that really impressed me was the amazing costumes. The men had black sombreros with whit embroidery in it. They had black pants and shirts on with a small red bowtie. The dancers’ outfits were phenomenal. They had white blouses on and different color skirts. The skirts had lace ribbons.

Two students dancingPreparing to danceThe dresses the two women are wearing are very long, so they hold them up (which is also part of the dancing). They twirl in circles (probably making them dizzy!), making sounds with their tongues that sounds like “raiaiaiai!” One of the ladies has a little girl wearing a shorter dress, and she tries to dance with the women. The women stop twirling and swing their hips from side to side, except they stop a fourth of the way around and spin in the other direction(how do they learn this?).

A dancer twirls in her brightly colored dressThe dresses were very colorful. The stripes, the patterns, the twirls, made both of the dresses seem alive with movement and beauty.

A student dancing enthusiasticallyThe music hall had a never-ending beat that, no matter what mood, kept you moving. You couldn’t be shy or embarrassed, because there was nothing to worry about.

All the songs are in Spanish and sometimes the boy sings and sometimes the girl dancers sing. The boys have fancy shirts and pants and have cool hats. The girl dancers have clothes with a lot of decoration.

Two students dancingTheir songs are about love and expression.Students dancing

They say that they pretend to be a mariachi band because usually a mariachi band would have a violin, bass, guitar, and maybe a piano, but they don’t have all those instruments.

Twirling rainbows
Round and round and round
Fireworks on a wheel.
Magic comes from the fingertips
I like the love songs of life
Voices ring out to the world
Mexico Lindo

Skirts flying
Shoes tapping
Music blaring
I end up wondering
“How can they do all this
in just a five person band?”
Colorful dress of a mariachi dancer


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