San Francisco’s 13th annual Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Street Festival attracted hundreds of people to 24th Street on Sunday to celebrate the life and work of the Latino civil rights and farm labor leader.

Chavez, who died 20 years ago, encouraged nonviolent social change and spearheaded the first successful farmworkers union in American history. The late Senator Robert F. Kennedy described Chavez as “one of the heroic figures of our time.”

Adults, teenagers and children filled 24th Street from Treat to Bryant, where stages were set up for live music and poetry readings, mural painting, a car show, drum circles and dancing. Perhaps one of the best-known Latino cultural hubs in the world, the Mission came alive to celebrate the values  of equality, justice and dignity that marked Chavez’s life and work.

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  1. It was a great street festival, but it was unfortunate to see Nestlé with a booth at a celebration of worker’s rights. I’m sure many of the goods for sale in other booths were Made in China under working conditions Chavez would have protested against, but Nestlé has a long history of abusing worker’s rights in many countries.