Á la Latin

by Wynce Nolley

The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.

The Latin Music Festival returns once again to Parc International this Saturday for an entire day of authentic Latin cuisine, music and culture. Presented by the Asociación Cultural Latino Acadiana, the festival celebrates the area's burgeoning Latin community with food, music, artwork, folklore dances, dance classes and children's activities.

"It's our 12th festival and our ninth at Parc International," says Luis Mora, the festival's coordinator. "It's a festival for everybody in Acadiana. We want to get people to know our culture better and show people what we have to offer."

This family-friendly festival features eight restaurants offering Latin cuisine starting at noon including Pamplona, Baranda's, Café Habana City, La Carreta, La Morenita, Urbano's and NuNu's. There will also be genuine margaritas and sangrias sold by the festival itself, which help keep the festival free.

This year's festival has a diverse lineup of live music including local favorites like Rio Luminoso and Major Handy along with Latin performers like Vivaz, OVI-G and the Froggies, Javier Guitierres and headlining this year will be Cuban artist Angelucho Copacabana from Houston.

On the cultural side will be folklore dances as well as dance lessons to complement the music. The festival also welcomes back its many arts and crafts exhibitors who will be offering their artwork, which ranges from jewelry to paintings and carvings and everything in between, all from the comfort of their air-conditioned tent.

The 2014 Latin Music Festival will be held from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Parc International in Downtown Lafayette. Admission is free. For more information visit www.LatinoAcadiana.org, call 337-944-0011 or find the Latin Music Festival on Facebook.