GR’s Fiesta Mexicana Turns 45 This Weekend

3038389534_e71baa7cc5Get ready for culture, music, art, and more as Fiesta Mexicana returns to Calder Plaza this weekend.

One of the largest and oldest ethnic festivals in Grand Rapids, this year’s event celebrates the bicentennial of Mexican Independence Day. This marks the 45th year for the festival, which is put on by the Mexican Heritage Association.

Make your way down for the sounds, sights, and delicious food on Friday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, September 13, from noon to 10:30 p.m.

Dancing, a bouncy palace and face painting, along with plenty of other family- and kid-friendly activities are planned. Dancing horses will perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Confirmed musical acts include Banda El Bajio, Tamborazo Villanueva, Cabildo, Tribaleroz, Gabriel Estrada, La Migra, and Banda La Enkantadora, along with many others.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the main sponsor of a health resource area on Saturday with screenings, nutritional information, and more. Representatives from Metro Health Hospital, Hospice of Michigan, Laughfest, and others are expected to attend.

“Fiesta Mexicana is such a vibrant community celebration and the type of event that makes Grand Rapids a great place to live. Blue Cross Blue Shield is excited to be a sponsor and to be able to reach such a large, diverse audience with important and relevant health information,” said eMily Aleman-McAlpine, community liaison, BCBSM. “We’re also extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Mexican Heritage Association, a dynamic force for cultural preservation in Grand Rapids.”

Festival board chairperson Jorge Gonzalez said providing health resources to the community made sense to organizers and he linked it to the celebration of Mexican Independence Day at the event.

“This year we are focusing on health and wellness to make sure our attendees are also free from chronic illnesses,” he said.

See you at the Fiesta!

Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn

 

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