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Annual Fiesta Latinoamericana celebrates Latin American Nations

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Story and Photos by Jovana Sanchez Melendez

In celebration of the Bicentennial anniversary of various Latin American Nations, DFW International held its annual Fiesta Latinoamericana. Sunday October 10, was the fourth annual fiesta, but was the first held in Dallas.

While Ecuador and Bolivia celebrated their Bicentennial anniversary of independence last year, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico all celebrated their Bicentennials this year. El Salvador and Paraguay will celebrate their bicentennials next year.

Dancer entertains crowd while D'Le Salsa Orchestra from Puerto Rico performs

With different stages and events for all ages, the Fiesta had something for everyone.  The younger participants could learn to create a gold necklace from Colombia, or a peace dove from Spain at the children’s crafts workshops.

Walking from the Cathedral Guadalupe to the AT&T Plaza was like taking a cultural road trip through Latin America.  A wide array of music blasted from the dance stages and vendor booths.  At the dance pavilion, instructors taught the crowd to dance Brazilian samba, Peruvian lando-festejo, and Argentine tango. Vendors sold artesanias, (arts and crafts) from their home lands. Workshops held by the Latino Culinary Institute dished out traditional plates.

Live performances depicted traditional music and dancing from Mexico, El Slavador, Chile and many other countries. The Mariachi los Reyes de Dallas captivated audiences with traditional Mexican folk songs. While the Chilean group Voces y Danzas de Chile paid tribute to the miners who were still trapped underground.

Dallas Fiesta Latinoamericana

Nohey Chavez and Viridiana Camargo pose for pictures before a fashion show by Mauricio Carerra Productions

The three previous Fiestas Latinoamericanas were held across different cities in North Texas.  But it was time for Dallas to hold the festival, according to Anne Marie Weiss, president of DFW International.  “About 56% of Dallas’s population is Latino,” said Weiss. Performers and vendors were invited personally by Anne Marie. “They are Dallas’ treasures from so many countries,” she said.

Other countries represented included Puerto Rico, Mexico, El Salvador, Spain, Argentina, The Caribbean, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Brazil. This event is a perfect free family oriented event that everyone will enjoy, so mark your calendar for next year.

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  • Vivian Cordero

    We enjoyed the Muricio show very much. Our favorite was Mariachi Rosas Divinas on the AT&T stage. Wow such a dazzling group of ladies. They apparently are the first all female mariachi in Dallas! What a remarkable show those girls put on.

  • Cathy Modemen

    please please do this event again next year! it was so very beautiful and such an enjoyment to our family. yes vivian we also saw the at&t stage with the all female band I didn’t know they were called mariachi rosas divinas that is an interesting name. we went and had a listen because they were playing songs in english and spanish! my husband and I danced away! I looked them up for fun I’m happy to see that Dallas has something so unique as them.

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