Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo 

SAN ANGELO – The Spanish word, Fiestas Patrias, in English means “patriotic feasts,” refers to five of the seven national holidays of Mexico, of which two are celebrated annually by the San Angelo Southside Lions Club: cinco de Mayo and Diez y Seis de Septiembre (September 16).

In a telephone interview with Conexión, Monette Molinar, chairperson for the Lions, outlined this year’s 2017, ‘Patriotic Feasts” (Fiestas Patrias) lineup, dates, time, featured guests and entertainment which takes place at El Paseo de Santa Angela, 34 W. Ave D. 

The two-day weekend festivities start on Friday evening from 6- 11:30 p.m. with food booths and beer concessions open.

“The San Angelo Ballet Azteca Dancers of Mary Lou Robbins are scheduled from 7- 8p.m.; then dance with DJ Gocha gets underway at 8:30 p.m., - 11:30 p.m., stated Molinar.

The Saturday, September 16 lineup consists of music by DJ Gocha; at 8:30 p.m., Rosendo Ramos Director of the Lake View Mariachi Band and his group will make an appearance; then the “El Grito”follow shortly with the Consul de Mexico, Carlos Obrador Garrigo Cuesta and Manuel Jose Briseño, from Del Rio Texas.  

The evening wraps up with live music by the Mi Orgullo Band. 

As for how much money the Lions Club wants to raise,  “We hope to make $5,000 this year, but the main thing is that the Southside Lions Club continues to provide this Fiestas Patrias tradition to our community, our culture, our traditions with all these festivities,” concluded, Molinar.

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