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Tenth Annual La Guelaguetza Festival
August 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Experience a traditional cultural festival from Oaxaca, Mexico right here in the Hudson Valley!
La Guelaguetza Planning Committee and Grupo Folclórico de Poughkeepsie invite you to the Tenth Annual La Guelaguetza Festival. For the past nine years, El Grupo Folclórico de Poughkeepsie and the La Guelaguetza Planning Committee have presented “La Guelaguetza de Poughkeepsie”, a free event for residents and visitors to experience the rich cultural traditions of Oaxaca, here in the Hudson Valley. The celebration centers on traditional dancing, music, and colorful costumes with decorated headpieces. Each costume and dance performance reflects a distinct region of Oaxaca, and each dance has a historical and cultural meaning. Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word meaning “mutual offerings”.
The festival begins with a dancer representing the Corn Goddess leading a procession of all participating groups to the stage including: Grupo Folclórico de Poughkeepsie, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York, Ballet Folklórico Guadalupano, Ballet Costa Chica New Jersey, and Zaadxil Danza de los Sanctions. Special for our tenth year is live music by Banda Azul de Oaxaca from the State of Oaxaca.
There will be food vendors offering traditional Oaxacan fare such as tlayudas, téjate and chapulines; craft vendors, children’s activities and information booths from local non-profit organizations.