Both fairs are celebrating anniversary years, a testament to the growing number of Hispanic residents in the Triangle. Organizers also say the annual events show an increased cultural awareness by non-Latinos.
This is the first time the celebrations are taking place on the same day, but event coordinators aren't worried that it will affect attendance.
"As the Latino community continues to grow, you are going to see more demand, more events, and some of them are going to overlap at times," said
The number of Hispanics in western
Because the events start and end at different times, organizers hope people will have time to attend both. Ritmo starts at noon, and the
The Ritmo Latino Festival has grown each year. Last year, the fair drew about 5,000 people, Flores said.
"What we are finding is that three or four years ago, 5 percent of the people who came were non-Latinos," Flores said. "Now it's 40 percent, and it's a mix of Caucasians and a lot of Asians. Ultimately, our role is to accelerate the integration of Latinos into the greater community."
Besides the children's play area, the musical performances are one of the most popular attractions, Flores said. This year there will be several international bands, such as
There will be about 110 booths with vendors representing different organizations and companies. Food sellers from several Spanish-speaking countries will set up, and the Carolina RailHawks will host a free soccer clinic at
About 12 countries will be represented at the
Visitors will have the chance to taste authentic Latin American food from more than 10 countries.
Amoni said she hopes visitors won't skip out on one festival to attend the other.
"It's not ideal, but what can we do?" she said. "Because we are in
She said the
"We don't have inflatables or face painting," she said. "Just music, art and dancers."
Like Flores, Amoni said she also hopes the festival helps provide better awareness about the Latin culture.
"People are not just from
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