Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival to attract thousands during two-day celebration of Latino culture

DES MOINES, IA – Almost 20,000 people are expected to attend the annual Iowa Latino Heritage Festival on Sept. 6 and 7 in downtown Des Moines.

This year’s festival will take place on the Walnut and Locust streets bridges in front of the Embassy Suites Hotel. Organizers expect this year’s festival to attract the largest crowd yet to the event, which has become the most widely attended cultural event in Iowa.

The state’s Latino population continues to grow. There are now more than 158,000 Latino residents in Iowa, which is a 92 percent increase from the 2000 U.S. Census, according to the State Data Center of Iowa. Latinos now represent 5 percent of Iowa’s 3 million residents. By 2040, the Latino population in Iowa is projected to reach 430,344 residents, which will comprise almost 13 percent of the state’s population.

JoAnn Mackey, executive director of Latino Resources, the nonprofit umbrella group that oversees the festival, started the statewide event 11 years ago as a way to celebrate the contributions from the more than 22 Latino countries that are represented in Iowa.

The festival has grown each year, and now thousands attend it to experience the rich and varied Latin-American cultures and traditions found in Iowa.

This year’s events include: a salsa/bachata dance contest, a grito contest, a tribal contest, an elote (corn) eating contest and much more. There also is a children’s area, where kids can makes crafts, break piñatas every hour, play on free inflatable rides and watch “Lucha Libre,” a drama about villains and heroes that is very popular among children and adults. Salsa Des Moines instructors also will be present to teach children how to dance.

There will be entertainment all day long both days at the Simon Estes Amphitheater. Bands range from mariachi to Latin rock. Saturday night there will be a dance with ChiTown from Chicago performing salsa and bachata music. Musical entertainment includes Mariachi Zapata, Joe Quiles, Xplicit and Banda Sensacion

The festival also features a wide variety of food from pupusas, empanadas, elote and aguas frescas to tacos, fruta picada and churros.

Other highlights of the festival include cultural booths that feature the Latin American countries that are represented in Iowa. The individuals in each booth are either from or descendants of that country or are very well educated about the country, its culture and traditions. Booths feature foods, drinks, clothing, games and more about each of the countries.

Cost to attend is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit www.latinoheritagefestival.org, or contact Mackey at 515-577-3648 or joannm@latinoheritagefestival.org.

New Thrills for the 2014 Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival

Des Moines, Iowa – May 1, 2014 –Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival has been one of the states’ most widely attended cultural events for the past 12 years, and 2014 will be no exception.  September 6th and 7th the event will be returning to the downtown bridges on Locust and Walnut in front of the Embassy Suites. Organizers expect this year’s festival will attract the largest crowd yet. Every year, the festival attracts nearly 50,000 people who want to experience the rich and varied Latin-American cultures and traditions.

This year fun things you will see include a Salsa/Bachata contest, a “Grito Contest, a Tribal Contest, an Elote Eating contest, plus a varied entertainer lineup. In the children’s area they will still enjoy the craft tent, break piñatas every hour, free inflatable rides and they will be thrilled to watch  “Lucha Libre which has something that draws everyone, from grandmas who cheer for their favorite hero, to children who boo the bad guys. It will be a spectacle,” says festival organizer, JoAnn Mackey.

An all-band line up will feature Mariachi Zapata, Joe Quiles, Xplicit, Banda Sensasion, and the headliner this year is Del Castillo, whose intensisty of their band’s live performance centers around the two guitar playing brothers, Rick and Mark del Castillo. This band has the honor of winning “Best Austin Band of the Year” for several years, and worked and created sound tracks for  renown director Robert Rodriguez.

For more information about Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival, and for vendor applications visit the website at www.latinoheritagefestival.org.

Iowa’s 12th Annual Latino Heritage Festival will be held the weekend of September 6 and 7th on Locust and Walnut Bridges in front of the Embassy Suites.   The event includes a rich variety of traditional food, authentic arts and crafts, and cultural exhibits featuring educational activities for all ages, hours of live entertainment. The festival is only $1 for children 12 and under, $5 for everyone older than 12.

Join Us In Celebrating Our 12th Anniversary!

The festival has something for everyone with inflatable rides for the little ones, music, food, a host of family activities, Lucha Libre wrestling shows and a new dance competition featuring local celebrities dancing to Latin rhythms! Along with the new location, new features include new bands, free parking, previews via YouTube, and much more!

For more information about Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival and for vendor applications visit the website at www.latinoheritagefestival.org.

The festival is only $1 for children 12 and under, $5 for everyone older than 12.

Follow Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Latino-Heritage-Festival/323494428282 , On Twitter: http://twitter.com/LatinofestIA , or via it’s blog at: http://iowalatinotalk.blogspot.com/

Meet the people who make the festival possible, and get sneak peeks of this year’s features on Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/IowaLatinoTalk

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Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines is Celebrating its 11th Year!

In the ten years since its inception, Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines has grown into the largest ethnic festival in the state of Iowa through the connections it has made among Latinos, who want to celebrate their culture, traditions, and customs. And individuals who just love the culture and the foods.

“We strive to make sure everyone has a great time throughout the 2 days,” says JoAnn Mackey, executive director for Latino Resources, Inc. the non-profit entity that coordinates Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival. “We add new activities and entertainment every year to keep it fresh.”

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival is becoming an Iowa tradition. Plans are on their way to produce another event that is guaranteed to offer the community another family oriented, fun filled day packed with information of the Latino traditions and culture through music, dance, food, arts, and over 15 country exhibits.  Attendees will see entertainment all day, network with over 100 exhibitors. In the children’s area they can break piñatas, create crafts, play on free inflatable rides, and watch “Lucha Libre” which will once again thrill everyone, from grandmas who cheer for their favorite hero, to children who boo the bad guys. It will be a spectacle,” says festival chair, Paula Mackey. ” And don’t forget the food area!  The event offers a rich variety of traditional foods.

For more information about Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival, visit the website at www.latinoheritagefestival.org.

Iowa’s 11th Annual Latino Heritage Festival will be held the weekend of September 7th and 8th on the downtown bridges of Des Moines on Locust and Walnut. The festival is only $1 for children 12 and under, Adults $5

Follow Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival on Facebook: http://Facebook.com/LatinoFestIA or via  Twitter at: @LatinoFestIA

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For the past 10 years, Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival has been one of the top cultural events of the year, and 2013 will be no exception. This has been accomplished by people from the community that care and want to make a difference.  People who want Iowans to experience the beautiful Latino culture and traditions. If you’re such a person now is the time to get involved. Read more

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival is looking for vendors

New features, great location make for greater turnout expected in 2013!

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival has been one of the states’ most widely attended cultural events for the past 11 years, and 2013 will be no exception. Every year, the festival attracts people who want Iowans to experience the rich and varied Latin-American cultures and traditions. This year the event will return to its original location on the downtown bridges in Des Moines, Iowa on September 7th and 8th.

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