Festival Hispano will be dancing in the streets

Good music, food and fun will fill the streets of Georgetown at the 22nd annual Festival Hispano on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Thousands of people will celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival stretches along North Race Street, from Laurel Street to the Pepper Street stage.

People come from near and far to enjoy the Delmarva Peninsula event.

“It’s very much of a family day. That’s probably the biggest thing about it. There’s no alcohol that’s allowed in the festival, so that’s really key,” said Rosalia Velazquez, executive director of non-profit La Esperanza, which benefits from the event. “Like any street fair, there’s a lot of vendors … all different kinds of Hispanic music. It’s just a fun day for people.”

Vendors will fill both sides of the road. There are also traditional crafters and some children’s activities.

“The food vendors are fabulous. There’s a lot of non-Latinos who want to experiment with different types of Latino food who come to this,” she said. “Everybody comes for the food. … My favorite part was the food.”
Musicians will fill the air all day with cumbia, bachata, regional Mexicana, pop, salsa and more.

Performers include Alejandra Feliz, Jason Cerda, Papi Wilo, La Sonora Sinamita, Grupo Terranova, El Folklore de Carlos Erazo, Hugo Cesar, Impacto de Durango, R.M. Norteno, Jeyro, Gnosticc, Frankie Negron and Kenty Love.

The street fest is a partnership between the Voice Radio Network, La Esperanza community center, the City of Georgetown and Georgetown Police Department.

“It’s a great opportunity to see the richness of the Hispanic cultures — I say that as plural, not just one. We are many cultures,” Velazquez said. “Everybody thinks that we are one and the same. We are not. Each country has different ways and traditions, music that they celebrate. This gives us an opportunity to celebrate … and have the broader community come in and celebrate who and what we are.”

Public parking is available around town, on the street and in some lots.
Details and the performance schedule are online at www.festivalhispano.org.