Festival returns to celebrate Latino culture

CONYERS -- All things Hispanic will be celebrated at this Sunday's Fiesta Georgia, and organizers are gearing up for what is set to be a high-energy celebration with a couple of big-name bands in the entertainment lineup.

More than 30,000 Fiesta Georgia event-goers are expected to descend on the Georgia International Horse Park for a day filled with authentic Latin food, children's performances and activities, arts and crafts vendors and live music. This year's event is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and admission is free. Parking is $10.

Grupo Palomo, a renowned regional Mexican band, will be the main entertainment for the day. The eight-person group is a regional Mexican act that has won awards for Best Band of the Year and Best Song of the Year from Premios lo Nuestro, "which is like the Latin Grammys," said Katie Anderson of Lanza Group, the Atlanta-based firm that markets the event.

"We have some great performances that are going to be there that are going to cover a range of styles," Anderson said. "Probably my favorite part of Fiesta Georgia is all the different performances that we have."

The event will also have a BMX show from Monster Energy drink that will run through several times during the day. Rockdale County High School marching band will play a few numbers and event-goers will also enjoy folkloric dancers, according to Anderson.

The day is sure to be a blast, even for those who are not Hispanic, according to Anderson. She referred to the event as an ideal way for the public to learn more about its Latin population.

"I think that Fiesta Georgia is a great way to learn about the Hispanic culture that is in the U.S., especially in Georgia," Anderson said.

Fiesta Georgia celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

For more information, go to www.fiestageorgia.com or to the festival's Facebook page.