International Salsa Recording Artist Tito Rojas to Headline 3rd Annual Latin American Festival of Lancaster

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International Salsa Recording Artist Tito Rojas to Headline 3rd Annual Latin American Festival of Lancaster

Festival Celebrates and Honors

Contributions Made by the Latino Community

 

LANCASTER, PA (September 10, 2015) – The Festival Planning Committee and the Board of Directors of the Latin American Cultural Center’s (LACC) 3rd Annual Latin American Festival of Lancaster shared today the entertainment schedule for the festival on Saturday, September 12 at Binns Park in Downtown Lancaster.

 

International salsa recording artist Tito Rojas will headline the event.  Rojas is traveling directly from Puerto Rico to perform live his salsa repertoire in downtown Lancaster.  His most anticipated performance is attracting fans from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Maryland.

 

“With more than 25 albums recorded, Tito Rojas is one of Salsa music’s elite performers.  An international performer, Tito Rojas has performed in the world’s most famous arenas.  He is a 4 times Grammy nominee. It is an honor to welcome and host him in Lancaster,” said Annie Diaz, LACC Board Member.

 

J.P. McCaskey High School Gospel Choir will be the opening act of the entertainment section of the festival followed by local Latin Jazz group Atrain Express.

 

Local group DTM Bachata will debut at the festival performing for the first time live all-original songs written and produced by group founders and brothers Luis D. Mercado and Tito Mercado.

 

“It is such an honor for us to sing for the first time this new musical project in our hometown and for the people we love and respect,” said bandleader Luis D. Mercado

 

PARADES OF NATIONS

Led by the flag of the United States, a parade of nations is scheduled to kick-off the 3rd Annual Latin American Festival of Lancaster.  Marching to the beats of the J.P. McCaskey High School Drum-line and the YWCA Temple Guard Drill Team, a parade of flags representative of the nations comprising Latin America will make the way to Binns Park.  Individuals are invited to participate by dressing up in the unique customs and traditions of their countries.

 

OPENING CEREMONY

Mayor Rick Gray and Pennsylvania’s two Latino cabinet members will kick off the festival on Saturday, September 12 at Binns Park in Downtown Lancaster.  The Honorable Pedro A. Cortés, PA Secretary of State, and the Honorable Pedro Rivera, PA Secretary of Education, will serve as honorary guests on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf during the opening ceremonies scheduled for 1:00 p.m.  Other dignitaries and elected officials include Senator Lloyd Smucker, State Representative Mike Sturla, County Commissioner Craig Lehman, Fountain Hill Mayor Jose Rosado and Lancaster City Council Members and School Board Directors.

 

A CULTURAL CULINARY EXPERIENCE

The festival will include more than a dozen food vendors will participate at this year’s festival – providing a unique cultural culinary experience to those in attendance.  From Puerto Rican “alcapurrias” to Colombian “empanadas”, the diversity offered at Lancaster Square will undoubtedly add “sabor” to the celebration.

 

“EL JARDIN DE LA INFANCIA” KIDZ KORNER

This is a family-friendly event.  The KIDZ KORNER is an area specifically to entertain children attending the festival accompanied at all times by their parents. Face-painting, a clown presentation, ice cream lounge, piñata are just some of the activities designed to make this cultural event a memorable experience for the entire family.

 

ARTS AND CRAFTS

The vibrant and colorful Latino cultures are well represented in the variety of arts and crafts to be on display along North Queen Street.

 

FOLKLORIC DANCES AND TRADITIONAL PRESENTATIONS

An array of talents will perform on stage at Binns Park representing dances, music and traditions from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

 

The festival will open to the general public at 12:00 p.m. with its vendors providing a variety of information, products, arts and crafts, and Latin American and Caribbean food.  An array of talents will perform on stage at Binns Park representing dances, music and traditions from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

 

The Latin American Cultural Center is a non-profit organization that engages in educational, civic, and charitable activities to encourage Latinos and Non-Latinos to promote, develop, and preserve the spirit, diversity, and richness of the Latin American cultural heritage and to share common cross-cultural experiences.

 

For more information, visit www.LancasterLACC.org.

Ali Waxman

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