Saturday, September 21, 2013
Celebracion. The Latin American Festival invites all to experience sensational sounds, sizzling flavors, and vibrant performances at Wannamaker County Park on Oct. 6. This 22nd annual event celebrates Latin American food, dance, children activities, art and music.
Grab some dancing shoes and groove to live music by Latin sensations Atlanta Show Band and Orquesta Mayor.
The Atlanta Show Band will perform at noon and 3:30 p.m. The Atlanta Show Band has backed up many internationally known salsa vocalists on tour throughout the Southeast. Led by Enrique Mercado, who has been the bandleader, musical director and trombonist of many orchestras since 1986, this group is sure to get the crowd’s feet moving.
Returning after their popularity at last year’s festival is Charlotte’s Orquesta Mayor, who will perform at 1:30 and 5 p.m. Multi-cultural Orquesta Mayor was formed in 2006 and is made up of 12 musicians, ranging from trumpet to piano to bongo players, all of varying nationalities. The band’s music features sounds from many different genres including salsa, meringue, bolero and others.
The festival’s stage will also feature high-energy dance performances and demonstrations, such as Capoeira Charleston, a captivating Brazilian martial arts group. This ensemble’s folkloric presentation uses 500-year-old acrobatic movements, personal interaction and cultural musical instruments to engage the audience and teach the art form of Capoeira. DJ Luigi of Latin Groove is guaranteed to spice things up and keep dancers on their feet by spinning the hottest salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata and reggaeton hits.
Main Stage Schedule:
Noon-1 p.m.: Atlanta Show Band
1-1:30 p.m.: Capoeira Charleston
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Orquesta Mayor
2:45-3:15 p.m.: Buen Ache Dance Company
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Atlanta Show Band
4:30-5 p.m.: DJ Luigi’s Salsa Dance Contest
5-6 p.m.: Orquesta Mayor
After visitors work up an appetite on the dance floor, it’s time to indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Mexico, Central & South America, the Caribbean and more. On site will be authentic foods like tamales, empanadas, chorizo, arroz con gandules and jerk and curry chicken, along with traditional festival favorites. Plus, enjoy icy cold beverages. In support of the agency’s conservation efforts, recycling and composting bins will be stationed throughout the festival grounds.
A popular area for the little niños is the kids’ zone. Children can enjoy jump castles, rides, and crafts from various Latin regions. The Charleston County Public Library will also present an educational area at the park’s Cypress Hall.
Event admission to the Latin American Festival is $10. Gold Pass holders and children ages 12 and under are free! Military personnel and students will be admitted for just $5 when showing a valid ID. No outside food, alcohol, or coolers permitted. No dogs allowed. Wannamaker County Park is located at 8888 University Boulevard in North Charleston. For more information, call 843-795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com/laf. This event is brought to you by Piggly Wiggly, Southern Eagle and your Charleston County Parks.