Fiesta Mexicana to celebrate Hispanic culture with food, entertainment and games

MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP, MI — The 64th Fiesta Mexicana this weekend in the Mt. Morris area will welcome attendees with live music, food and games for the kids.

The event designed to celebrate Hispanic culture will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, located at 2316 W. Coldwater Road in Mt. Morris Township.

Tomas Tello, the event organizer, encourages everyone to attend and expects at least a thousand people.

“It’s basically about coming together and unifying us — letting other Hispanics and the community know we’re here,” he said. “And Fiesta means a lot to us because it’s not just Mexicans and Latinos, it’s also blacks and whites, Asians and anybody else, whatever brings you together and lets them know that we are brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Expected musical acts include Grupo Viento from Grand Rapids, Conjunto Rey from Pontiac and Karizma Band from Holland.

Tello also says Michigan’s best fajitas will be on display, with church members preparing the dish.

“Our fajitas are a little different and they’re easier to eat than in a restaurant,” Tello said. “They’re made on a grill and people love it. But people also like to eat our tacos, and we’re having a taco contest. People love the Mexican food we offer.

The Fiesta follows Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16.

A game of Spanish bingo will be played and a bilingual mass session will be held at 4:00 p.m. A beer tent remains open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Latino t-shirts, candles, oils and novelties should be sold by vendors.

Tello was originally supposed to be the entertainment president, but said he was pressured to go all out for the event and he loved it.

“I’ve been a church member all my life,” he said. “This festival is a big, meaningful event, more so than usual, as we try to maintain our rich culture, tradition and identity while weathering the storms of so much ambiguity of change and transitions, anticipated and unanticipated. So we need this festival to inspire us.

Parking and admission are free. For more information, follow the Fiesta Mexicana Facebook page.

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