The official pin and poster of the Latin Music Festival was unveiled today.
The Latin Music Festival is put on by the Asociación Cultural Latino-Acadiana, which is a volunteer organization at the service of the Acadiana community in general and its Latin American members in particular to offer the free, family-friendly Latin Music Festival and other efforts promoting multiculturalism and preserving heritage.
This year's festival will be October 5 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. at Parc International. The Downtown Alive on October 4 will feature Doctor Nativo and Rio Luminoso to kick off the festivities. And, the festival after-party will be at Legends Downtown.
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Today's event honors the festival's partnership with Festival International, which started about a year and a half ago, explains Manuel Peña, executive director of ACLA.
"We're celebrating the collaboration between ACLA, Festival International, Downtown Lafayette and our presenting sponsor, Gordon McKernan," Peña said. "It's a celebration of how the cultures, French, English and Hispanic, can come together to form a good festival, and showcase our Latin American culture for the world."
Peña said for a 'small, volunteer" festival like his to work with Festival International "is a dream come true."
Peña urged anyone who hasn't been to the Latin Festival to try it out. It's free, it's family-friendly and offers a variety of activities, including food, a kids' section, arts and crafts and bands from Acadiana, Texas and the world.
"If you don't have the means to travel and go to another country, this gives you the chance to try something new," he said. "There are a lot of things to do at our event: you will find something to do at the Latin Festival."