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8 U.S. Cities That Celebrate Hispanic Culture

  • Young Hispanic Women On Stage With Another Performer During The Calle Ocho Festival In Miami, Best Latin Festivals In America
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    En español | Lovers of Latin culture, kindly proceed to Little Havana for the ultimate street party: El Festival de la Calle Ocho (March 12) is the cherry on top of Carnaval Miami, a two-week celebration in late February and early March. With street performers, food kiosks and eight stages along a 19-block strip, you won’t lack for diversión!

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  • Band Performs On Stage, The Best Latin Festivals In America
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    Los Angeles

    Angelenos hope the crowds will return to Fiesta Broadway in late April, the pre-Cinco de Mayo street fair that calls itself the “Super Bowl of Festivals.” Pop acts share the stage with mariachi bands and folklórico dancers, while families nosh on street food — tortas and aguas frescas,anyone? — and try their hand at carnival-style game.

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  • Excited Young Hispanic Women Wave To The Crowd During The Miss Fiesta San Antonio Competition, Best Latin Festivals In America
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    San Antonio

    With this Texas city’s Hispanic population approaching 66 percent, prepare to immerse yourself in a truly authentic festival that takes place during the last 11 days of April. (Historic, too: Fiesta San Antonio started as a parade in 1891.) Oh, and come hungry: A Night in Old San Antonio — actually four nights — features more than 240 food booths. 

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  • Dancers In Traditional Dress In The Cinco de Mayo Festival In Phoenix Arizona, Best Latin Festivals In America
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    The city throws a giant block party in the heart of downtown on the weekend closest to Cinco de Mayo (May 5 — the date of Mexico’s 1862 victory over the French). You can watch amateur boxers and lucha libre wrestlers, listen to mariachi tunes and corrido ballads, or just stroll the vendor booths while munching elotes (grilled or boiled corn on the cob) and gorditas (pastries stuffed with cheese or meat).

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  • Dancers Male And Female In Traditional Dress Dance On Stage In Denver To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Best Latin Festivals In America
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    Head to the Mile-High City if you like your Cinco de Mayo celebrations to have a certain edge. Denver’s two-day version draws half a million visitors to Civic Center Park, where the unusual offerings include Chihuahua races, a lowrider car show, a taco-eating contest and a quinceañera (a girl’s 15th-birthday celebration) fashion show.

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  • People Wave Flags During The Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade In New York City, The Best Latin Festivals In America
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    New York

    Imagine 1.5 million spectators cheering on 100,000 merrymakers marching up Fifth Avenue: That’s the scene at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade each June. If you go, hit the 152nd Street Cultural Festival for music, dancing and mouthwatering comida típica (look it up!).

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  • Female Dancers In Colorful White Dresses At The Jazz And Rib Festival In Columbus Ohio, Best Latin Festivals In America
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    Columbus, Ohio

    Good thing you’ve always wanted to learn salsa dancing: Your feet start moving the minute you hear the bachata musicians thronging the city’s beautiful Bicentennial Park for its two-day Festival Latino each August. Ohio’s Hispanic population is under 4 percent, but — drawn by Latino artists, authors and fashion designers — attendees have swelled this relatively new fest (launched in 1996) to 150,000.

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  • A Line Of Men Tend To The Grill During Street Festival, Best Latin Festivals In America
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    To shine a spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), the city’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce stages a Latin Food and Music Festival each October in Cesar Chavez Park downtown. At this year’s event (Oct. 8), you can sample savory foods from Cuba, Peru, El Salvador and Mexico, then wash them down in the beer tent and dance off the calories to live music by local bands.

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  • Cinco de Mayo Festival, Phoenix, Arizona
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