Latino Festival this Weekend on the Downtown Riverfront

The Scioto Mile will be hopping this weekend as the Latino Festival kicks into gear Saturday morning.  It’s two days of great food, great music, and great fun!

I have had many opportunities to travel in the American Southwest, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, along with some travels into Mexico.  The music is infectious.  Finding a radio station playing Mariachi music is an absolute must out there.

No need to travel any further than the Downtown Riverfront this weekend.  Duranguense artist Diana Reyes is Saturday night’s headliner, followed by salsa master Ruben Blades on Sunday.

While you may be familiar with salsa music, you may not have heard the term Duranguense, which refers to the people from Durango, Mexico. Grupo Montéz de Durango is believed to have begun the style in the 1990s.

After they topped the charts in 2000, teenagers began forming many new Duranguense, playing at night clubs, weddings, Quinceñeras, (the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday, marking her transition from childhood to young womanhood), and family get togethers.  Most Duranguense bands have been founded by Mexican-American immigrants in the United States.

Columbus is blessed with many different nationalities and backgrounds. The Latino Festival is a great way to celebrate such a culturally rich community!

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