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Saturday Celebration:) The Gilda Garcia Garza Aquatic Center Ribbon Cutting and Fiesta

17 Sep

“That every day should be a fiesta seemed to me a wonderful discovery.” ~Ernest Hemingway

This afternoon, the city of McKinney posthumously honored lifetime McKinney resident, community activist, city council woman, and friend to everyone who new her by dedicating the Gilda Garcia Garza Aquatic Center in her honor.

The event perfectly coincided with the Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Mexican Independence Day at Old Settlers Park. Also, it just so happened to be her daughter’s birthday. Andrea Nichols knew that someone up there made that all happen on this same day. 😇Coincidence? I think not.

Mayor George Fuller and several council members, friends and family all spoke about the lifetime achievements of Gilda Garza.

Miss Gilda’s daughter, Andrea, sang a beautiful Mexican ballad in her mother’s honor, then cut the ribbon for the official dedication.

Andrea’s beautiful song that I posted on YouTube. (click the link)

After the dedication, speakers, and ribbon cutting, there were performances by mariachis and several Folklorico dance troupes.

Old Settlers Park was decorated with colorful banners, flowers, and there were food trucks and vendors lining the park. Everyone was eating, drinking, and enjoying the performances. The open swim, entertainment, music, dancing, and festivities would continue until 8 pm. I left around 3:30. A perfect day of celebration.

I ran into several old friends and made a few new ones.
I have been Facebook friends with Gilda’s daughter, Andrea, for a while, but we never met in person until today. The mariachi band also played “Happy Birthday” and the traditional “Las Mañanitas” for her very special birthday celebration.

It was a very special day, honoring a VERY special lady. Miss Gilda is smiling down from heaven. Abrazos Amiga.🤗