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Viva Cape Coral! Annual Hispanic heritage event is Saturday

By Staff | Apr 26, 2018

It’s “fiesta” time as Southwest Florida’s largest and best attended Hispanic heritage event is back with the annual “Viva Cape Coral!” Festival.

On April 28 from 5 to 10 p.m., you can head downtown to the corner of Lafayette and Vincennes streets to get your fix of live music, food, and family-friendly fun.

Organized by the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Atty. Jorge de la Mar, and sponsored by the new Latin music radio station, Playa 98.1, this event is free and open to the public.

Other sponsors include Beasley Media group, B103.9, Sunstate Academy, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, CenturyLink, and Hurtado Cavanaugh, Attorneys at Law.

“It’s a day to celebrate different cultures. There are not many Hispanic festivals in the area and we look forward to this event every year. People always ask me when the Viva Cape Coral! Festival is happening. It’s a great tradition, and we love putting it on each and every year,” said Southwest Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Veronica Culbertson.

“We’re hoping to see a turn out of around 12,000 people; the numbers grow every year and we love to see people come out and have a great time. We’re excited about the new location of the festival, and hope it can be our future home for the event. We’re hoping to become the new “Calle-Ocho”(the largest hispanic festival in the country, held in Miami each year),” added Culbertson.

This year, musical performances will be headlined by international artists Frankie Negron and Charlie Cruz.

Other live artists will include Heat Latin Jazz, Orquesta Classica, Orquesta Tropical Sound, Thaliana and a Zumba performance by Around the Clock Fitness.

“We’re really filling the music schedule this year. Frankie and Charlie bring a great blend of modern and traditional Salsa music to the stage. We are so happy to have Frankie back with us again this year. Both artists are well known in the hispanic community and people love to dance to their music” said Culbertson.

Deejays and emcees from radio stations will also be present to hype up the crowd with souvenirs and contests.

A staple each year is the diversity of food from many Hispanic cultures that will be available.

“Puerto Rican, Cuban, Peruvian, Venezuelan, and Central American are just some of the varieties folks can come and experience.”

“Vendors come from all over Florida who specialize in festival atmospheres, and do a great job of supplying our many guests with delicious food,” added Culbertson.

There will be plenty for the kids to do as well, with an area designated for fun activities for youngsters.

“Inflatable slides, mechanical rides, games, ponies, and a rock climbing wall, will all be available for children to enjoy.”

Culbertson encourages people to be part of the festival, regardless of cultural background.

“It’s a ton of fun. This is a great place to meet new people and bring all cultures together. It can be a learning experience. Everybody loves the food, everybody loves the music, it’s a great getaway from the stresses of every day life. Come and dance and have a great time – plus, it’s free and all are welcome to celebrate.”

For more information about the Viva Cape Coral! Festival, you can visit vivacapecoral.com.