Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Savannah's 4th Annual Fiesta Latina

Saturday, the 20th of June, Savannah’s River Street will once again witness a transformation as Latin American Services Organization (LASO) and the City of Savannah’s Office of Cultural Affairs and others present the 4th Annual Fiesta Latina on the Río from 1:00 pm ‘til 9:00 pm. On that day, the hustle and bustle around Rousakis Plaza on River Street will take on a distinctive Latino flavor, with the sights and smells of Latin America and the Caribbean.

“¡FIESTA!” will fill the senses as it is interpreted by the 20 countries that make up Latin America. Live DJ’s and bands will bring the crowd to its feet with the rhythms of salsa, merengüe, cumbia, norteño, bachata, reggaetón and more while regional dance troupes put those rhythms into motion. Featured musical artists include last year’s popular “Serenata Band” from Atlanta, as well as many well-known local and regional artists. A stroll around the perimeter will further awaken the senses with artists sharing their memories of life south of the border – as well as their new lives among us - through stories, art and crafts. Venders will offer typical foods from their countries of origin. Community non-profits will offer information of service to Hispanics and their neighbors.

Manuel Cabrera, president of LASO’s board, “We are grateful to the City for once again conferring this opportunity to present our culture to our neighbors and friends through the Fiesta Latina. Hispanics may be recent arrivals or long-term residents, but we are all proud of our cultural traditions, and look forward to sharing them with others. We are equally proud of our new home, Savannah, and its tradition as a vibrant, welcoming, multi-cultural city. LASO has identified a broad representation of the many facets of Latino Culture: favorites from past years and new artists. We invite our neighbors and visitors to Savannah to join us on the 20th as we celebrate a ‘Fiesta on the River’.”

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