Costa Latina Newspaper presents the 2017 Latino Festival in Pensacola at Belmont and DeVilliers Streets on Sunday November 5 from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Festive music, food, dancing and activities will once again emanate from the annual festival to celebrate Latino culture and traditions from around the globe. Admission is free.
The best Latino food east of the Mississippi will be on sale. Don’t miss out on the tacos, empanadas, tostones, pupusas, aguas frescas and other drinks including beer. Visitors are asked to support the vendors by not bringing unnecessary food and drink products to the festival. The Latino Festival lines tree blocks of food vendor and businesses, and space is still available! Vendors/sponsor registration forms can be completed online and/or downloaded for print at http://latinomediainc.com/latino-festival/ or call 850-494-7899 to reserve your spot.
Bring your lawn chairs, but don’t expect to stay seated. High energy dance moves and exuberant festivities always follow Zumba instructor, Vanessa Mills and Krewe de Karnaval. Both will be leading the liveliest Latino party the Gulf Coast has ever seen. DJ Pablo Solis, DJ Snoopy and DJ Roel will keep the Belmont and DeVilliers vibrating with Latin rhythms throughout the day.
Aside from the vibrant music, WEAR-TV’s David Gonzalez and Ashely Ruiz will welcome attendees and engage the crowd in fun activities from the stage. Also new to the stage is an inspiring presentation by the University of West Florida’s Kappa Delta Chi, the university’s first Latina-based sorority. Of course, there will be activities and treats for the kids, too.
Don’t miss very special guests from the Loomis Bros. Circus! Melvino the Clown will charm the kids and encourage participants to compete to win tickets for Robertsdale (Monday, Nov. 6) and Crestview (Nov. 9 -12) shows.
The anticipated musical lineup includes some annual favorites and fresh new entertainment with a reggaetón show by Jay El Rebelde and introducing, local Puerto Rican R&B artist, Prestijus.
The program also includes a tribute to Puerto Rico with a song “Puerto Rico Se Levanta” written and performed by local artist Rickyto to encourage the rebounding of the island from the damaged caused by Hurricane Maria. Relief supplies for Puerto Rico will also be collected at the festival sponsored by Joe’s Caribe food truck which will be onsite.
Other performances include Zona Libre, a Mississippi band that features a mix of genres including banda, punta, salsa, merengue and more. The cumbia group La Sonora Dinamita returns to the Latino Festival for the grand finale. Many fans missed their previous festival appearance due to an afternoon rain that delayed their show.
A presentation of a new short film for and about the Gulf Coast Latino community entitled “Somos Latinos de la Costa” (“We are Latinos of the Coast”) by La Costa Latina Newspaper will debut on a big screen just at dusk. The video is a compilation of members of the Gulf Coast community in Northwest Florida and South Alabama which has grown considerably since 2004. More than 100 members of the local Latino community contributed material for this video to display the vast variety of contributions Latinos from the Gulf Coast make in our community and the world.
A heartfelt “bienvenidos” to new sponsors of the Latino Festival, Levin Papantonio Law Firm, joining Baptist Health Care and Gulf Power which will be represented at the festival by the Gulf Power Hispanic Network. Community partners include Triple M Productions, Los Cabos Mexican Grille and NY Billares in Pensacola.
Presented by La Costa Latina Newspaper, the festival will offer authentic Latino cuisine, festive music, dance, a short film presentation, and activities. The program also includes a tribute to Puerto Rico with a song “Puerto Rico Se Levanta” written and performed by local artist Ricky to encourage the rebounding of the island from the damaged caused by Hurricane Maria. Relief supplies for Puerto Rico will also be collected at the festival sponsored by Joe’s Caribe food truck which will be onsite.
Admission is free to the festival.