Fiestas Patrias 2010 will celebrate the independence of 18 Latin American countries Saturday, Sept. 18, from noon to 6 p.m. at the multipurpose field at Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 N. Villa St. The field is adjacent to Garfield Avenue.
Sponsored by the city of Pasadena, the family festival will feature live music, dance performances, children’s activities, a boxing demonstration and soccer tournament. Vice Mayor Victor Gordo will welcome participants and crown the new queen.
Among the countries celebrating their independence are 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.
Starting at noon, Aztec Dancers from Villa-Parke Community Center will take the stage, followed by Mariachis and Ballet Folklorico, plus a performance by Tierra Blanca Dance Company, which will perform traditional dances and present costumes from various countries. Los Pochos will be the final performance of the day.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a soccer tournament among Villa-Parke teams and invited guests as well as a boxing exhibition by Villa-Parke participants will take place.
A representative from the Consulate General of Mexico is scheduled to appear.
Exhibitors from various city departments will provide giveaways and information on services. Admission is free and a variety of food items will be sold.
For more information call (626) 744-6530.
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