FIESTAS PATRIAS CELEBRATES LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
PASADENA, Calif.—This year, Fiestas Patrias 2012, will celebrate the independence of 18 Latin American countries at the Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa Street, and the multi-purpose field adjacent to Garfield Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15. Admission is free.
Sponsored by the City of Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department, the family festival will feature a parade of flags, live music, dance performances, children’s activities, a boxing demonstration and soccer tournament. City officials will welcome participants and crown the new Queen. A representative from the Consul General of Mexico is also scheduled to appear.
Some of the countries being celebrated include Spain, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua. The celebration has become a tradition that builds on the diversity and strength of Pasadena’s various cultures.
Beginning at 11:00 a.m., Aztec Dancers from Villa-Parke will take the stage, followed by performances from Ignacio Hernandez y su Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico Nahuatzen and Tierra Blanca Dance Company, presenting traditional dances and costumes from various countries, along with a performance by the Los Pinguos Band.
Soccer teams from the Villa-Parke Recreational Youth Soccer League will compete in a tournament from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Villa-Parke field. Additionally, boxing and ju jitsu exhibitions will be conducted in the afternoon highlighting the skills of program participants.
Exhibitors from various City departments will provide giveaways and information on services offered.
A variety of food items will be offered for sale. Call (626) 744-6530 for more information.
For more information about the City of Pasadena, go online to www.cityofpasadena.net.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2012, #068-12
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, email@example.com