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Latin American Festival

When: Sun., Oct. 5, 12-6 p.m. 2014

For 22 years, the Latin American Festival has been bringing the culture of the Caribbean and Central and South America to the Lowcountry with live music, dance, and food. In addition, DJ Luigi will host a salsa dance contest, where the winner will receive a Gold Pass Membership to the park. Some newcomers to the musical lineup this year are Latin bands Bachata Flow and Ultimanota, both from Charlotte. Capoeira Charleston and Buen Ache Dance Co. will also be returning to perform. “Capoeira Charleston is a blend of martial arts and dance, with 500-year-old acrobatic movements that originated in Brazil,” says Sarah Reynolds, public information coordinator for the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. Buen Ache Dance Co. is more focused on the African contributions to Latin American dance, and their ornate costumes will be sure to get everyone’s hips moving. Food vendors at this year’s fest include Tropical Paradise, Raul’s Maya Del Sol, and La Isla Bonita, with offerings like tamales, empanadas, chorizo, and jerk chicken. Kona Ice North Charleston and the King of Pops will also be there to help cool your taste buds after the spicy provisions. Send the kids off to play in the jump castles or make crafts, or take them to the Charleston County Public Library-sponsored educational section to learn about the rich Latin American history and culture.

Katherine LaDue

Price: $5-$10

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