Latin Salsa Festival - Downtown Fort Walton Beach
The sixth annual Latin Salsa Festival will be held on May 25, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Fort Walton Landing Park located at 139 Brooks St. SE, in Downtown Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
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The sixth-annual Latin Salsa Festival will be held on May 25 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Fort Walton Landing Park located at 139 Brooks St. SE in downtown Fort Walton Beach.
The Caribbean-style festival, presented by Northwest Florida Boricuas Ausentes, Incorporated (NWFBA, Inc.), has grown into a popular celebration for locals and visitors alike. The event includes ethnic foods, a variety of local and out-of-town vendors, fun activities for kids, and the rhythmic sounds of live salsa music radiating throughout the park.
Aside from the inviting music and dancing, attendees will also have the opportunity to taste the most delicious and authentic Caribbean cuisine on the Emerald Coast. A diverse group of food, merchandise and service vendors will be selling or demonstrating their products throughout the entire day.
“Our goal is to share the beautiful Puerto Rican and Taino cultures and ethnic flavors of our enchanted island with the northwest Florida communities,” said President of NWFBA, Inc. Jose Luis Garcia Ramos. “It’s all about bringing people together.”
According to the numbers, the event is doing just that. When the event started in 2008 approximately 500 people attended, but in the past few years, with people coming in from the neighboring states of Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, it has seen a huge increase in attendance. For the past two years, it is estimated that the event attendance exceeded 5,000 people each year.
“We’re happy with the way this event has grown,” said Garcia Ramos. “The outpouring of support has been phenomenal and it’s a privilege to bring an event like this to Fort Walton Beach.”
Perfectly aligned with the goal of bringing the community together, another focus of the event is to raise funds for, and awareness about, three local nonprofits. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit AMIkids Emerald Coast (amikids.org) as well as the Okaloosa STEMM Center (www.okaloosaschools.com). NWFBA, Inc., in partnership with United For A Good Cause Inc., is also working with the National Marrow Donor Program (www.marrow.org) “Be The Match” campaign to help encourage individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to register and help a patient in need of a life-saving bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.
The Latin Salsa Festival event is free and open to the public. It is suggested that attendees bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the music in the park.
￼￼￼￼Event sponsors include the Downtown Fort Walton Beach Merchant’s Association, City of Fort Walton Beach, EglinFederal Credit Union, La Costa Latina Bilingual Newspaper, Plan Ahead Events, and Sun Kissed Marketing.
For additional information about sponsorships, vendor opportunities and event details, please call 850-240-4417 or visit NWFBA, Inc.’s website at www.boricuasausentes.org.
￼￼LATIN SALSA FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
* Disk Jockey Services Provided By: “DJ David” (Collado) and “DJ JG” (James Garcia)
*Emcee Services Provided By: Geraldyn Martinez
*10:00 --10:30 a.m.: Warm up Music by DJ David & DJ JG
*10:30 -- 11:30 a.m.: Opening notes and spiritual moment featuring Josy “The White Tiger” (Puerto Rico)
*11:30 -- 12:00 a.m.: Music by DJ David and DJ JG. Raffle announcements.
*12:05 -- 12:35 p.m.: Michael El Salsero Juvenil (Salsa performer, Pensacola)
*12:40 -- 12:50 p.m.: Hispanic Action Society of Pensacola Folkloric Dancers
*12:50 -- 1:00 p.m.: Music by DJ David and DJ JG. Raffle announcements
*1:00 -‐ 2:00p.m.: Cheryl Jones & Company (Jazz)
*2:05 -‐ 2:20p.m.: Music by DJ David and DJ JG. Games.
*2:20 - 2:30p.m.: Tropical Dance Presentation by Furor Colombiano.
*2:30 - 3:00p.m.: Michael el Salsero Juvenil (Salsa performer, Pensacola)
*3:00 -‐ 4:00p.m.: Liquid Circle (Spanish Rock Band, Orlando)
*4:30 - 4:30p.m.: Music by DJ David and DJ JG. Raffle announcements.
*4:35 -‐ 5:00p.m.: Josy “The White Tiger” (Spiritual Reggaeton, Puerto Rico)
*5:00 -- 5:15pm.: Tropical Dance Presentation by Salsa A Fuego
*5:20 -‐ 6:20p.m.: Ritmo y Sabor (Tropical Orchestra, Jacksonville)
*6:30 ‐ 7:30p.m.: Pleneros de la Central (Plena group, Orlando) Accompanied by NWFBA Folkloric Dancers.
*7:30 -- 8:00p.m.: Music by DJ David and DJ JG.
Final closing remarks, raffle drawing and “Final Adios”!Visit Event Website for More Info
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