Raleigh celebrates its Latin culture

September 3, 2013 by  

Raleigh residents will have a chance to celebrate Latin culture in September, when the 20th La Fiesta del Pueblo takes place. The fiesta brings together good food, traditional folk dancing, great bands, and art as participants celebrate Latino community, culture and family traditions.

The cuisines represented include familiar fare such as churros and tortillas, as well as more unusual food like pupusas, empanadas, paletas and tacos al carbón. Food vendors include Cuban Latin Grill, Venezuelan Arepas, La Luz del Mundo, and Coma Rico, among many others.

The art exhibition includes craft items made by local artists, who are given this chance to share their work.

The musical line-up features a number of acts appearing here for the first time, including mariachi music by Franco Gallardo y su Mariachi; Oro Solido playing merengue; regional Mexican music courtesy of Banda Los Guanajuatenses; tribal music from Rivales de la Sierra; Latin funk from Banda N4; and salsa from both Mambo Dinamico and Orquesta K’che. Traditional dancers will appear as well.

Fiesta sponsors include the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Wells Fargo, ABC Channel 11, and the News & Observer.

The fiesta is slated for September 8, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm, at Moore Square, located at 200 S. Blount Street in Raleigh. Admission is free and the event is suitable for all ages.

The fiesta organizers could work with a poster printing service to create posters for display throughout the city, and for sale as souvenirs. They could also contact brochure printers to create a piece listing the various acts, food vendors, and sponsors.