Festival Hispano to celebrate Mexico in Millsboro

El Centro Cultural is inviting the public to attend the 20th anniversary of Festival Hispano. This year, the community event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, in Millsboro. Festival Hispano starts at noon and lasts until 6 p.m. The event is free for the whole family and located at the Millsboro Little League Complex at 262 W. State Street in Millsboro.

El Centro Cultural began the event 20 years ago to highlight local talent and expose area residents to traditional music and dances from Latin America. Festival Hispano offers a day for everyone to experience music, dances and food, as well as a cultural celebration for the Hispanic immigrants who have come from many different countries to live and work in Sussex County.

Festival Hispano is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts. In addition, Festival Hispano is made possible by the following sponsors: Atlantic General Hospital, Bayhealth Medical Center, Beebe Healthcare, Discover Bank, Division of Motor Vehicles, El Mercado Market, Harvard Business Services, La Tonalteca, M&T Bank, Perdue Farms and the Sussex County Council.

“El Centro Cultural is proud to celebrate Festival Hispano in the town of Millsboro and would like to recognize the Town of Millsboro, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Millsboro Little League for their support and commitment to Festival Hispano,” organizers said.

Festival Hispano will celebrate all countries of Latin America, with a special emphasis on Mexico this year. Citlali, a children’s dance group from Wilmington, will open the event at noon with a parade, a salute to Latin America and traditional dances. Mariachi King Kong from the Washington, D.C., area will perform at 1 p.m.

A special performance of pre-Hispanic Aztec dances will be presented by Azteca Cenzontle Cuicatl from Philadelphia at 2 p.m. Another local dance group, Baile Folklorico de Frankford, will perform folkloric dances from the state of Veracruz at 3:30 p.m. Finally, Mariachi Rey Azteca from Reading, Pa., will perform at 5 p.m.

Festival Hispano will have a designated children’s area with a moon bounce, piñatas, activities, and information from social service agencies in the Sussex County that target Hispanic families.

There will be a contest of traditional clothes from Latin American countries at 3 p.m. in the children’s area. The contest is open to anyone who wants to participate, and there will be prizes for best youth outfit, best adult outfit and best couple outfit. Also, the food vendors will be offering tacos, pupusas and aguas frescas.

For more information, visit the website at www.elcentrocultural.org.