Celebrate Fiestas Patrias This Friday, Sept. 16

Three young ladies in traditional Latin American dresses performing a dance at Fiestas PatriasPASADENA, Calif.—The grand fiesta is back! Join us Friday, Sept. 16, between 5-9 p.m. at Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., as we celebrate the independence of 18 Latin American countries in grand fashion.

This family-friendly event highlights the colors, richness and warmth of Latin American culture.

Enjoy the crowning of the queen and court by City officials, the parade of flags, children's activities, live music by Nueva Dimension Norteña, and traditional dances, including ballet folklórico performed by local community groups. Children’s activities include a tiny tot area, bounce houses, and arts & crafts with Armory Center for the Arts. Don’t miss “El Grito,” a reenactment of the historic battle cry that marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, led by the Mariachi at 8 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. For more information, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/parks-and-rec or call (626) 744-6530.

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