In Washington D.C., they make it a point to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo on an annual basis. During this celebration, they feature live music and dance, children’s arts and crafts workshops, food, games and many fun activities for the entire family. This event is originally Mexican but through the years, it became a larger “Latin American Family Reunion” that is held at the National Mall. Everyone is invited to join the celebration, Hispanics or otherwise, as it is free and will be held rain or shine. People who want to be a part of Cinco de Mayo do not have to pay any entrance or registration fee.
Many people take advantage of this event to discover the interesting culture, history and ethnic diversity of the Latin American residents of the United States. Through the years, the Hispanic community in the country has grown tremendously. As the population grows, the celebration of the Cinco de Mayo followed suit – in size and in scope. This celebration in Washington D.C. is hosted by the Maru Montero Dance Company.
About the Host
This Latin Dance company performs a variety of numbers – Mexican Folk, cha-cha, Mambo, Salsa, Tango and many more. Their dances are all derived from the Latin American heritage. The company was created by the former Ballet Folklorico de Mexico lead dancer, Maru Montero. The group is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the joy and beauty of Latin culture in the country. The company performs at various venues around the area and provides a variety of Latin dance performance programs. Their numbers are just one of the things to look forward to during the Cinco de Mayo.
Food and Location
The food served during the Cinco de Mayo celebration is a wide selection of the famous Hispanic dishes. Tacos, chile rellenos, guacamole and tostadas are just some of the things that you may see on the spread. This event is also an excuse for some people to drink excessive beer, tequila, margarita, etc. Whatever you would like to do during the Cinco de Mayo, the important thing is for you to have fun and create beautiful memories with family and friends. That is the way Latin Americans celebrate every event that they have on their calendar. The location of the event is at the National Mall wherein the closest Metro Station is Smithsonian.
This Latin Festival Happens Every Year
The Festival LatinoAmericano happens annually because of its continued success and mirth. People from all around the country get together in Charlotte, NC to celebrate this even with the Hispanic community that resides in the place. In fact, it has been noted that over 20,000 people have attended the 23rd celebration that happened in October 13, 2013. A record number of its attendees came from other states and they all crowded at Symphony Park to commemorate this Latino event. As always, it was characterized with lively music, sumptuous food, authentic Hispanic dances and colorful decorations. The energy level of the people was truly amazing as they brought the whole park to life!
To Whom Do They Owe the Latin Festival
The celebration of the Festival LatinoAmericano goes a long way back. This is just one of the many events that are celebrated in the country to pay respect and adoration to the diverse culture and numerous contributions of the Hispanic community. Seeing that the first attempt was very successful, it was decreed to be celebrated on a yearly basis. Of course, the Festival LatinoAmericano wouldn’t be this fun if it weren’t for the people who make it happen. This year, the sponsorship is owed to the organization called La Coalicion. This is a Latin group that is committed to providing an original and gleeful cultural experience to those who want to attend celebrations like the Latin Festival. They can handle a group of 50,000 people without a sweat. They even handle high-impact marketing and recruitment opportunities for their corporate sponsors. For those who are interested, they may get in touch with Tony Arreaza at this number: 704-941-2557.
The Entertainment at the Latin Festival
The entertainment line-up for the 2013 celebration of the Latin Festival is quite impressive. The number of live performances from popular Latin artists is more than enough. This year, they dubbed it as the Rumba Stage. One of the nice things about this event is that it serves as an opportunity for local musical talents to be discovered. Last October, the Symphony Park of Charlotte was filled with diverse sounds which include salsa, pop, Latin rock and many more. Some of the artists that shared their breathtaking talents were Julieta Venegas, Notevagustar, Monsieur Perine, Swing Original Monks and Orquesta K’che. The stage was also taken by Carnaval Stage that focused on featuring traditional music and dance presentations.
Something Else to Enjoy at the Latin Festival
Every year, a special spot for Latin artworks is set up during the festival. They call this the Plaza de Artistas as it showcases the admirable arts and crafts of various Latin artists. They also encourage aspiring artists to display their work. Who knows? This could be their chance of getting discovered as 25,000 guests from different places will be coming over at the celebration. Those who want to display their visual art like pottery, weaving, photography, plastic arts, etc. are more than welcome to claim a spot at the Plaza de Artistas. The main goal here is to promote the creative expression of the talented Hispanics. And the best part is that the proceeds will be donated to the educational and social programs for them.