PODCAST: The Word on Long Beach talks Baja Splash Cultural Festival, digital COVID-19 memorial

This week on The Word on Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific is honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month. Plus, no good deed goes unpunished when the city announces that it’s creating a Memorial to honor those in Long Beach who have died from Covid 19.

1:15 – In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Aquarium of the Pacific is holding the 20th annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival. The event features live music and dancing representing cultures in Mexico and Central and South America. Educational programs and other special activities.

The festival takes place this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  You can purchase tickets for the event hereTickets are $36.95 for adults. $33.95 for seniors ages 62 and up and $26.95 for children ages 3-11.


18:10 The COVID-19 virus has impacted the lives of people across the nation since March 2020. Sadly, how we deal with that virus has also divided us. To date, there have been 42.9 million documented cases of the virus in the United States with 688,000 deaths. Here in Long Beach, there have been 63,438 cases with 1014 deaths.

In an effort to honor those we have lost, the city is creating a digital memorial. From now until Oct. 11, you can submit the name and picture of a loved one or friend who has passed from COVID-19 by visiting the City Manager’s office here.

A link was also posted to the City’s Facebook page where it received comments that did not appreciate the gesture of kindness.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.