Spice up your Fair experience with traditional Latino music, food and crafts at Plaza de las Américas’ 50th anniversary celebration at the 2002 L.A. County Fair, Sept. 13-29 at Fairplex in Pomona. Plaza de las Américas is presented by Miller Brewing Company.
Previously known as Mexican Village and Fiesta Village, Plaza De Las Américas’ name was changed last year to reflect all Spanish-speaking countries and cultures in this hemisphere.
Plaza de las Américas, located in Park Square, will continue the tradition of celebrating Latino heritage at the Fair with diverse sights, sounds and aromas. Dressed in their colorful attire, Mariachi groups from southern California schools will serenade guests who stroll through this exciting neighborhood.
Entertainment from local communities will share their talents with dancing and singing, Mexican folklórico, folk songs and international ballet. Regional dances, mariachi music, Aztec and children’s dances will also be performed. Among the local groups that will be performing are Celaya Ballet de Folklórico y Flamenco, Alma Latina and Ballet Folklórico de Azusa.
Throughout the Fair Latino heritage will be celebrated with a number of exhibits displaying the culturally diverse traditions of the Américas.
Mariachi Divas, an all female mariachi band based in southern California, will perform Sept. 13, 16-20 and 23-27. Members of this band have performed at major venues including the Hollywood Bowl and several clubs such as The Conga Room. This band plays a variety of traditional music from various regions of Mexico.
Los Pinguos, performing Sept. 13-15, is a rumba flamenca band originating from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last year, the band moved to Los Angeles and began to perform in clubs and at events throughout the city. The music of Los Pinguos is based on a mixture of Latin rhythms performed with nylon guitars and percussion. Recently they competed in Ed McMahon’s “The Next Big Star” and won a record five times, including the championship.
Exclusively formed for Disneyland’s Mickey’s Mambo Club, El Soul has performed at Downtown Disney’s Y Arriba Y Arriba and California Adventure. With a wide collection of talented musicians, El Soul fuses traditional Latin, Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha and Merengue with the Latin Pop sounds of Santana, Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias, Selena and Ricky Martin. El Soul will be performing a