It's Easter Weekend, Which Means Santa Ana's Bristol Street Becomes Ground Zero for Lowrider Cruising

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Don't believe the hipsters: the true throbbing center of SanTana life is the corner of Bristol Street and McFadden Avenue. This is where wabs flock to whenever the Mexican soccer team wins a big game (which, nowadays, ain't often). This is where a massive shopping plaza hosts a Northgate González market, the county's best corn tortillas in La Flor de Mexicali, and a hell of a Bristol Food Court. And due to the area's massive parking lot, this also becomes Ground Zero every Easter weekend--but especially Easter evening--for one of the largest public-street, non-permitted cruising festivals in Southern California.

Cruising down Bristol during Easter weekend is a legendary scene that goes back decades, that gets police out to set up all sorts of roadblocks to pick off cholos for all sorts of imagined crimes--and still, the cholos come, to pick up some heinas and show off their cars while blasting Chalino Sánchez and not speaking a lick of English. Here's just some video to give you a scene of the madness that ensues:


Maybe I should roll by with Coker's 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible...anyhoo, I'll have a historical tidbit to share once this year's madness is done!

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DoyleHarcavy
DoyleHarcavy

Gustavo: And those corn tortillas at Flor de Mexicali are pretty ordinary. The carnitas? Don't ask.

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

Làstima de ser el aguado de la fiesta pero se me hace una pérdida de tiempo ese evento, lleno de "high schooleros" y lleno de jóvenes sin oficio ni beneficio, dirìa mi mamà y por lo tanto se me hace una obstrucción a los conductores màs que algùn evento cultural, por asi decirlo.

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

Highland AVE, NastY City en el 619, goES way baK along with Whittier.

Bobby Godinez
Bobby Godinez

Santa Ana and cruising ----- long history --- where else but SA ??

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

What do you think the lowrider cars of the future will be Gustavo? The Kia Soul? The MiniCooper? New Dodge Continental?

Minhpd AnNam Mít
Minhpd AnNam Mít

i remember it was any Saturday in da 90s (; and it was a kmart ?

Candace Pk Hansen
Candace Pk Hansen

This looks like so much fun! Too bad my 01 Saturn is pretty lame lol.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Looks like even the 'lowrider' culture has deteriorated -- about 1 in 30 vehicles in the video are anything special (with an expansive definition of 'special'). Shit, you'd see better (and more) cars 20 years ago cruising Angelo's on any Friday night.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

Cruising after getting out of high school = lame

Damien Trinkkeller
Damien Trinkkeller

The person who wrote the article is named Gustavo Arellano which I'm guessing is of Latin descent. I hear Mexicans calling people wabs all the time.. A Mexican and a wab are 2 different things.

Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez

So its ok for OC Weekly to call Mexicans wabs now????

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Easter is the biggest one, but also on other holidays!

Damien Trinkkeller
Damien Trinkkeller

WTF? Do they really do this? What's the purpose? And why Easter? Only in Santa Ana I tell ya..

DoyleHarcavy
DoyleHarcavy

@Neil Cleveland Manglani Walked Across the Border

howardaprouty
howardaprouty

@William Pasillas : We cruised Whittier. It was a great place to cruise. Bellflower Blvd. was our local place, but we ventured up to Van Nuys Blvd. now and then. Nothing beat Colorado Blvd. on New Years Eve; that place was crazy…:-)

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Candace Pk Hansen From the video it would fit right in.

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

@Mitchell_Young Whoa tiger. they just come here to work. ...that's the PC line anyway. Gus is a traitor and Mexicans are the most ungrateful immigrants in the last 100 years. The funny part is that they're going to legitimize such things as 'white power' and 'white pride' and stuff the vast majority of Americans won't have anything to do with normally....but Gus et al are forcing us to choose sides. Illegal Mexicans destroyed our melting pot.

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