Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sept 16, 17 & 18: Fiestas Patrias

Fiestas Patrias brings the sound, culture and taste of Mexico to North River Street Park this coming Sept. 16th, 17th, and 18th. The three-day music festival will showcase a variety of international music acts, food vendors, and a carnival. Sunday, Sept. 18th will kick off with a parade, which will wind through downtown Aurora at 10 a.m. Extensive television coverage of the weekend’s events will be provided by the Chicago area’s largest Spanish-language TV network: Telemundo.

The festival series will be staged at North River Street Park and the parking lot immediately south of the park. The fiesta begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening, and runs until 10 p.m. Saturday’s festivities begin at noon until 10 p.m. The parade steps off at 10 a.m., Sunday at the corner of River Street and Benton Street; then to Broadway, Galena Boulevard, Stolp Avenue, Downer Place, and ending at Middle Avenue. The parade program begins at 9:15 a.m., and the reviewing stand will be situated on Downer Place. Festivities at the fairgrounds to start immediately after the parade until 10 p.m. Various genres of music will be performed throughout the weekend including: banda, mariachi, cumbia, tejano, norteno, and rock. A children’s amusement area will be featured, in addition to a carnival area complete with games and rides.

Admission to Fiestas Patrias Aurora 2011 is free. A $2 fee will be charged for festival attendees that are over the age of 21, and wish to purchase alcohol. The Aurora Police Department will coordinate the festival’s security efforts, and volunteers will make up the vast majority of the event staff. Anyone interested in becoming a Fiestas Patrias Aurora 2011 event volunteer, or for more event information, should contact Norma Vazquez, Executive Director at (630) 264-2422 or visit WWW.AHCC-IL.COM.

After a wildly successful 2010 Fiestas Patrias event, the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) is proud to coordinate this year’s festival in partnership with the City of Aurora. “We are ecstatic about returning Fiestas Patrias to Aurora in September,” said Rene Cruz, President of the AHCC. “2011 is going to be bigger and better than last year; we want this to become an annually anticipated event for the Fox Valley area.”

“This fest will be like a taste of Mexico,” said Norma Vazquez, Executive Director of the AHCC. “Anyone that enjoys Mexican food will need to stop by and try a little bit of everything, Aurora is home to the best Mexican restaurants in the Chicagoland area.”

Tradition festival food fare of hamburgers, Bar-B-Que, etc… will also be available to festival goers.

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