The Hispanic Festival brings football, food and music to Calder Plaza

Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wood) – The Spanish Festival kicked off Friday at Calder Plaza, bringing food, music, and culture to downtown Grand Rapids.

Hosted by the event along with food and entertainment, the children’s soccer tournament was going on, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. About 300 children between the ages of 6 and 14 competed to win everything.

Festival-goers can watch the tournament, wandering around 11 different vendors cooking traditional Venezuelan, Cuban, and Puerto Rican food, as well as food from many other Hispanic cultures.

“We have a lot of fun partying, dancing, and really celebrating the diversity in culture. Because it’s not just one subset of Hispanic culture here in western Michigan, we have … a diverse group of different people from all over America,” said Cesar Gonzalez, Festival President Hispanic. Southern.

This year, there is more entertainment than in past years. Musicians from all over the world will play, including California, Texas, and Chicago, as well as some local acts.

Organizers said so many people turned up on Friday night that vendors were selling. However, they have replenished them with stock and are ready for a full day on Saturday.

Evelyn Esparza, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, said the event is important to the organization.

“This is the main fundraising event for the Hispanic Center, so we are relying on funding from this event to continue programming that is not necessarily covered by any of our grants or sponsorships for other programs,” Esparza said. “So, this is vital for the center to continue to do what it is supposed to be doing in our community.”

The Hispanic festival It operates until 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.

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