Thursday, September 23, 2010

Coral Gables holds inaugural Hispanic heritage street festival

By Alexandra Figueredo

September 23, 2010

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month running from September 15 to October 15, the City of Coral Gables is holding its first Hispanic Cultural Festival in downtown Coral Gables all day Saturday September 25.

Several blocks of Biltmore Way will be closed off for the festival to pedestrian traffic only. Booths lining the streets are displaying art work and jewelry by local Hispanic artists such as Gilda Sacasas from GDS Fine Art, Leonor Murciano and Annie Maxwell. There are also several restaurants providing an array of culinary tastes and retail stores selling guayaberas and other typical Latin wear.

A main stage will hold a continuous stream of performances throughout the day, including Latin bands, flamenco dance, Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, and children’s music acts.

One of the highlights of the festival is the VIP area for cigar lovers called the Smokin’ in the Gables VIP Lounge which features 30 cigar manufacturers and open bar by Bacardi. VIP tickets include special entertainment from CigaRobbie Radio Show Live and musical performances by Arias, Jenny Love and other groups.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit in part the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the Cundo Bermudez Foundation which provides scholarships to young artists, Samantha’s Purpose which provides financial assistance for therapy costs for those with special needs, and CCDH, Inc. which supports people with disabilities and their families.

The festival pays tribute to Cundo Bermudez, a master Cuban artist who passed away in 2008. In honor of the life of the artist, his mural entitled “Madria Tiri” is on display at Coral Gables City Hall during the festival.

(Photo posted 9/25/10)

© 2010, Alexandra Figueredo
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