Through the 1930s, Los Angeles celebrated its Name Day with a flurry of folklorico and a candlelit procession through Olvera Street. Although the Name Day appears long gone, Olvera Street celebrated its 82nd anniversary a week ago and today hosts the L.A. Heritage Alliance and its Fourth Annual L.A. Heritage Day inside the historic Pico House, promising “500 years of fascinating facts and objects” with, among other things, Civil War ephemera, the city's first fire truck and vintage menus on display. Free tours, presentations, giveaways and a scavenger hunt will be offered, along with a fantastic glut of local preservation groups, museums, libraries and historical societies; the more specific among these include Culinary Historians of Southern California, Native Daughters of the Golden West, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians. Pico House at El Pueblo Historical Monument, 424 N. Main St.; Sun., April 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free.

Sun., April 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2012

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