While we haven’t seen a full ‘return to normal’ since the start of the pandemic, this weekend will mark the return of La Fiesta Mexicana to Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids. The 2020 in-person event has been canceled and last year’s event has taken place virtually.
The Mexican Heritage Association of Grand Rapids kicked off the event Friday at noon and is celebrating the 52nd annual event. The group describes their return for the 2021 event:
It is in our nature as a community to overcome any situation as we are a hard working group of people with many different dreams and a passion to share our culture and traditions with you.
This is why it is so important now more than ever to share the good news that we continue to overcome, to be resilient, proud and grateful for the beautiful city of Grand Rapids. I thank our community for allowing us to celebrate 52 years of tradition, culture, history, perseverance and success.
Entrance to the event is free and will run from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The event will feature activities such as traditional and modern music, food, drink, dancing, shopping, as well as activities for the kids and the kids at heart. Live music, delicious food from over 8 different restaurants, beer, a dance competition and an independence celebration will also be part of this year’s event.
On Saturday 11 at 5:00 p.m., the independence ceremony will include an appearance by Fernando Gonzalez Saiffe, the titular Mexican consul in Michigan.