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Mexican Fiesta

Mexican Fiesta

Mexican Fiesta originally started in 1973 as a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. A southside street in Milwaukee County was closed to traffic to celebrate the Mexican community. It was the first time that there was the excitement of a neighborhood street fair, a sense that it was time for this thriving community to show itself and others, the extraordinary beauty of a culture rich in diversity. The possibilities were endless! Music! Dance! Tradition! A colorful pageant was born, and now 43 years later a flourishing Mexican Fiesta has become a stunning tribute to the vitality of the Hispanic community.

In 1977 Mexican Fiesta accepted the invitation to move to Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), making it 3 days of fun, food, music, and culture for everyone to enjoy. It has now developed into Wisconsin’s largest (paid entrance) Mexican festival.

Today Mexican Fiesta is a family-oriented festival, a showcase of our heritage. It is the showcase for the year-round work of the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc., the festival’s sponsor, to unify the community in a gigantic effort to award scholarships to young Hispanic men and women. Founded in 1987, the foundation has fundraised over 1.7 million in scholarship dollars.

It is part of our ongoing effort to encourage our youth to pursue an education. With a volunteer force of nearly one thousand people, fifty coordinators, an active sixteen-member Board of Directors, along with three full-time staff

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