Festival Hispano bridges past, present and future

MILLSBORO – There’s more to Festival Hispano than a colorful celebration of music, food and culture.

Beyond the dozens of vendors and the crowds than can exceed 5,000 people, an important dynamic develops: The event bridges the past with the present, and the present with the future. Here children and adults of all ages connect with their heritage.

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“We have children who pretty much grew up coming to the festival. This is an important part of their lives,” said Allison Burris Castellanos, a long-time event coordinator.

This year, Festival Hispano is being organized by La Esperanza community center in Georgetown.

The festival will be held from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 9 at the Millsboro Little League Complex on State Street.

“La Esperanza is proud to be behind this year’s event, which unites people from across the community to celebrate the diverse heritage of Latin America,” said Charlie Burton, board president of La Esperanza.

This year’s program is packed with local favorites and regional musical groups that target children and adults alike. And the event serves as an exciting day for native Delawareans and visiting tourists to experience multicultural music, dancing, and food.

The local musicians include: Lyra Marquense, a marimba band from Georgetown playing music from Guatemala and Mexico; a children’s dance group from Wilmington performing traditional dances from Mexico; Cairi, a solo singer from Georgetown performing songs from Puerto Rico; Baile Folklorico de Frankford, a dance group from Frankford traditional dances from Mexico; and Carlos Erazo, a singer performing music from Ecuador and his wife Paulina Erazo, a local dancer.

Out-of-town groups that will perform at Festival Hispano include: Expresiones de Chile, of New York, with dances from Chile; Magdaliz y el grupo Crisol, of Philadelphia, with a potpourri of folkloric songs from Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela; Ballet Las Pampas, of New York, with folkloric music and dances from Argentina; and Chota Madre, of New York, with music that is a mix of indigenous, mestizo and African music.

Also, the food vendors will offer favorites such as tacos, pupusas, and aguas frescas. The children’s area will again have a moon bounce, piñatas, games, and information for families.

Festival Hispano is made possible by major local sponsors that include: Harvard Business Services, i.g. Burton, Mountaire Farms, Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles, M&T Bank, Linda Vista Real Estate and El Mercado Market

For more information about Festival Hispano in Millsboro, visit www.elcentrocultural.org, send an email to festivalhispano@hotmail.com.

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