Mexican Heritage Society celebrates 50th Fiesta in Port Arthur
The Mexican Heritage Society will host its 50th annual Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Robert A. "Bob" Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Drive in Port Arthur, Texas.
For 50 years Fiesta, which commemorates Mexico's Independence from Spain, has kept the Mexican culture alive in Southeast Texas by sharing the beauty and history of Mexican heritage at this much-anticipated event.
Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m. kick off , "FIESTA 50" celebrations with a welcome by the Mayor of Port Arthur, Derrick Freeman and the presentation of the Colors.
The Children's Costume Contest, showcasing young children modeling traditional Mexican costumes will follow. Festivities throughout the day include pageants and crowning of five queens and a Mr. Jovencito King, and the society's own Folklorico Dancers in vibrant and colorful Mexican costumes, dancing traditional dances from various states and regions of Mexico.
Fiesta will include a live mariachi group, an array of delicious foods, face painting, prizes and special entertainment throughout the event.
The Mexican Heritage Folkloric Dancers will dazzle attendees with their foot work and swirling skirts, a must for everyone to enjoy, as they are the pride of Southeast Texas, organizers say.
Evening entertainment will feature a Promenade of all Fiesta Royalty, DJ Music, and the musical sounds of the Aktivo & Interancional Sonora D’kche." Dance the night away and try to win a prize of a smart TV, two Astros tickets or a cruiser bicycle.
Admission fees for the entire event will be: $5 for ages 11 to 17; $5 for seniors; $15 for adults; and free for children 10 and younger when accompanied by an adult.
• 9:30 a.m. - doors open
• 10 a.m. - opening ceremonies, welcome, America's National Anthem, Mexico's National Anthem, guest speakers
• 10:30 a.m. - Children's costume contest, Miss Preciosa & Mr. Jovencito
• 11 a.m. - Pageants: Tiny Miss, Jr. Miss, Little Miss, Miss Mexican Heritage
• 2 p.m. - Mariachi
• 3:30 p.m. - Mexican Heritage Society's Folkloric Dancers, directed by Maestro Jose Sada
• 5 p.m. – Past 50 Years
• 6:45 pm. – Promenade of 2018 – 2019 Queens
• 8 p.m. - Grupo Aktivo
• 9 p.m. – Raffle
• 9:30 pm. – Interanacional Sonora D’kche