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Mariachi Music, Flamenco Dancers & Battle Sounds Part of Cinco de Mayo Celebration

COLDWATER – Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration filled Tibbits Opera House with mariachi music, stomping feet of flamenco dancers, battle sounds from the film dramatization of the Battle of Pueblo, as well as flags and beautiful instrumental sounds from across the Latin nations.

With support of the Michigan Humanities Council, Altrusa International of Branch County and the Branch County Community Foundation, the events were offered free to the community. Competing against beautiful weather and a number of other events in the community, the event still offered an opportunity to learn and share this important culture within our community.

 

El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil from Flint offered traditional mariachi music as well as the beautiful costumes and rhythms of the folklorico dance.

A collection of flags from David Oropeza displayed along the sides of the theatre shared the symbolism and national pride of 20 Latin nations.

Café Con Leche featuring Denise Archer on Paraguayan harp and Miguel Espinosa on quatro and acoustic guitar performed a variety of traditional Latin music including several pieces which have become recognizable American standards.

 



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