Block party: Festival Hispano hits Georgetown streets Sept. 16

Glendis Romero and Gladis Romero serve up food at Little Mexiican carry-out business during 2017 Festival Hispano.

GEORGETOWN – Hispanic heritage, culture and food will once again be showcased with a mega-block party in the heart of Georgetown in mid-September.

Primary organizer La Esperanza in collaboration with The Voice Radio Network and other sponsors is presenting Festival Hispano 2018 Sunday, Sept. 16.

The 23rd annual event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. spanning three blocks of North Race Street from Laurel Street to Pepper Street.

In 2016 and 2017, an estimated 10,000 people attended the Festival Hispano in Georgetown.

The festival’s intended mission is to showcase and celebrate diversity of Hispanic cultural heritage on Delmarva through music and dances performed by local and International groups, traditional arts and crafts and traditional food with heavy emphasis on Latino cuisine.

For the 2018 festival, there is an admission twist.

“This year is going to be a little different,” said La Esperanza spokeswoman Marly Arbaiza. “Last year there wasn’t an admission charge. This year there is going to be an admission charge for adults.”

Admission is $5; with free admission for children under 12.

Curbside booths/vendors are expected to include health-care, a variety of services including social services, area employers with job opportunities and local non-profit organizations.

Cultural dance is among the traditional performances at Festival Hispano.

“And a lot of good food,” said Tracy Baker of The Voice Radio Network.

The festival is being held in partnership with Maxima 95.3 FM, La Raza 900 AM, the town of Georgetown and the Georgetown Police Department.

Headlining the stage entertainment will be popular Puerto Rican singer/performer Luis Vargas.

Other acts slated to take the stage located at Pepper Street and North Race Street: Sonora Dinamita; Hugo Cesar; Grupo Escalante; Sensato Del Patio; Jaudy; Alcover; Carlos Erazo; and Angel y Khriz.

Festival Hispano dates back more than two decades. It was held in Millsboro until 2016 when festival organizers moved it several miles north to Georgetown.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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