By Rachael Huffman – Collegiate Staff
Hundreds of West Michigan residents gathered downtown last weekend at Fiesta Mexicana to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
This year marked the 45th anniversary of Fiesta Mexicana in Grand Rapids.
Rain kept many people home on Friday night, but about 1,500 turned out Saturday to enjoy food, a great social atmosphere, and the festival’s exciting, new entertainment lineup.
One of the most anticipated events was Los Gallos de Oro, a group of azteca horses on parade plus ethnic dancing led by Martin Perez and his family of Fennville, Michigan.
The first international band to perform at Fiesta Mexicana, La Migra, closed the festival with a vibrant and colorful performance that had everyone on their feet and out on the dance floor, young and old alike. Other performances from the festival included La Enkantadora, Banda El Bajio, Tamborazo Villanueva, Cabildo, Tribaleroz, and Gabriel Estrada.
“(Fiesta Mexicana) has been very successful,” Maria Erazo said. “It’s great to see that so many people came out.” Erazo, board member of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The 45th anniversary of Fiesta Mexicana brought attendees together in a celebration of Mexican tradition and culture with food, people, and entertainment.