Fiesta 2014 is now a great memory for the board and planning committee…it was an incredible day! Last Saturday, September 27th, we enjoyed great weather, huge attendance, many new vendors and participants, and reconnected with so many long time amigos! We reconfigured our set-up in Linn Park and it really made a difference in the attendee traffic. Everywhere I looked, there were people and families enjoying the event, eating delicious food and sitting on the beautiful green grass.
Our title sponsor, McDonalds, brought an incredible exhibit – The Fiesta Tour – a 53-foot long traveling mobile unit that pays tribute to Latin GRAMMY winners – to Birmingham for us to enjoy. Every time I went by the exhibit, there were crowds – such a beautiful sight! The Santiago brothers, Santiago and Russ, have been wonderful partners to Fiesta this year and we are so grateful for their presence!
I downloaded more than one thousand photos last Sunday afternoon. It always amazes me how many photos I take at Fiesta each year. And yet, there are always shots I miss and think about later. Oh! And this doesn’t include the photos I take with my iPhone! One of my favorite elements this year was having the Hispanic Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama participate with the presentation of colors, pledge of allegiance, Girl Scout promise (in English and Spanish), and finally parade around the park with the flags of the Latin countries while dressed in native costumes! It was absolutely a BEAUTIFUL sight! In fact, I do believe (aside from the music acts), that the Girl Scouts were the most photographed group of the day! The magnificent Marisela Mendez, the Hispanic Initiative Manager for GSNCA, worked for many weeks to pull the girls and their families together for Fiesta. This Dominican woman is a “powerhouse” and the community is lucky to have her working for Hispanic girls in our region. Her heart is all about connecting these little girls with Girl Scouts and she will do everything possible to ensure they can have the Girl Scout experience in their lives.
I’ve pulled a few of my favorite photos from Fiesta to share on the blog. If you were at Fiesta and took some photos, please post them on the Fiesta facebook page! We would love to see what you captured!!!