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‘Selena’ Lowrider Cruise // SF

Selena to be honored in San Francisco lowrider cruise

San Francisco Lowrider Council plans to host a lowrider cruise in the Mission District this weekend in honor of Selena, the Mexican American singer known as the “Queen of Tejano Music.”

1 pm Blessing. 4 pm Cruise [see below].
Saturday, April 20th 2024.
Route: Begin on Mission Street between Cesar Chavez and 24th streets, SF.


Blessing:

The Saturday lowrider cruise is scheduled to start immediately after the annual La Bendicion (the blessing of the cars), which is a Lowrider Council event that goes from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 24th St. BART Plaza.

This year’s La Bendicion will pay special tribute to Miguel Martinez, the captain of the Xiuhcoatl Danza Azteca and a giant in the Mission community, who died at 68 in 2023.

Cruise:

The cruise pays tribute to the life and music of Grammy-winning ’90s star Selena Quintanilla, hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas. Born on April 16, 1971, Selena was on the verge of mainstream success with hits like “I Could Fall in Love,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Dreaming of You” when she was killed at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club who was found guilty of embezzlement.

Selena’s fifth and final studio album, 1995’s “Dreaming of You,” was released posthumously in July, months after her murder on March 31. Selena would have turned 52 this year.

While the exact route of the cruise has not been specified by the Lowrider Council, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proactively rerouting several bus lines in anticipation of the event. These include the 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 27 Bryant, 48 Quintara/24th Street, 49 Van Ness/Mission, and 67 Bernal Heights. Details of the alternate routes can be found on the SFMTA website.

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The San Francisco Lowrider Council also has cruises scheduled for May 11 to belatedly celebrate Cinco De Mayo and for May 25-26 as part of Carnaval celebrations.

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