The 2017 Latino Festival, a fixture of Perry culture for more than 20 years, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free to the annual cultural event, sponsored by Hispanics United for Perry (HUP).
Festivities begin with a 10 a.m. parade featuring floats, low riders, horses and other spectacles. The parade line up starts at 9:30 a.m. at 10th Street and Willis Avenue and proceeds downtown.
Vendors and booths will line Second Street between Willis Avenue and Lucinda Street beginning at 11 a.m., with food, games, prizes, live music and many other delights.
A wide variety of musical performers and DJs will entertain thoughout the day, along with the presentation of las Reinas and the Quinceañeras and traditional dances.
Contributions to the HUP scholarship fund can be sent to Daniel Rivera at the Raccoon Valley Bank, 1202 Second St., Perry, IA 50220.
The Latino Festival has been a regular feature of Perry’s social and cultural life since 1993. It was originally held on or around Sept. 16 in order to mark Mexican Independence Day.