The 2019 ¡Viva Perry! Latino Festival began with a parade along Willis Avenue Saturday at 10 a.m.
A fleet of Perry Volunteer Fire Department trucks led the way, with the show horses of the Amazonas de Bajío troupe adding colorful costumes and dancing ponies to the parade route.
National flags from across the Americas were borne by youngsters in the parade.
The Perry Area Democrats were also a visible presence in the parade, joined by the Dallas County Democrats, with each marcher carrying a campaign sign for his or her preferred candidate.
Activities continue all day along Second Street in downtown Perry, with food and drink vendors, music and dancing. The annual HUP Citizen of the Year Award will be presented at 2 p.m.
Los Mismos de Valle will perform from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.