Friday, September 23, 2011

Fiesta DC is Sunday, in Mount Pleasant!

Fiesta DC is Mount Pleasant's party of the year! Over 40,000 people will fill the streets (or really just Mt P Street) of our neighborhood. Think food, parades, dancing, performances and more food. This is the 40th year of the celebratory street fest.

Fiesta DC's main purpose is to promote and celebrate Latino culture in the District. The street festival is held this weekend for a reason: It's part of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15).

This year there will be 5 --count 'em, 5!-- music stages. The Parade of Nations is the most unique traditional and it's back with over 30 groups from Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. The Parade features mostly dancing groups, but also some theatrical performances and lots of colorful cultural regalia. The Science Fair will return as will the Children's Area and Arts & Crafts area.

The festival generally runs up and down Mount P Street from Harvard St to Park Rd. If you don't live in Mount Pleasant, you can take the S buses, 42 bus or Metro's Green Line to Columbia Heights; a two-three block walk. The 42 will terminate at Harvard St on Sunday, as Mount Pleasant St NW will be closed.

Fiesta DC begins at 11:00AM and ends at 7:00PM. Of course, it is FREE. If you want to see the Parade of Nations (usually happens about 3:00PM), get there early and grab a spot on the front lines of Mount Pleasant Street.

SEE. YOU. THERE. Have a great weekend. Lot's of fun stuff happening!