Palm Beach County Colombians celebrate their country's independence

Live music, folk dance, food and more

For more than a decade, Colombians in Palm Beach County have celebrated their country’s independence with music, typical dances and great food.

The 14th annual Colombian Fest will take place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the American German Club, 5111 Lantana Rd. Lake Worth. Tickets purchased in advance cost $15, $20 at the gate.  Children under 12 and younger get in free.

Organizer Martha Pardo, of the Interamerican Community Action, says that according to the 2010 census, more than 17,000 Colombians live in Palm Beach County.

“People come from all over to enjoy a day of fellowship, live music, typical food and dances and much more,” Pardo said. “We have many artists coming directly from Colombia.”

The annual event marks Colombia’s independence from Spain, July 20.

This year’s event feature Alex Manga y Los Diablitos del Vallenato (a popular Colombian folk music that uses accordions and small drums), Son Caleno (salsa),  Paola Zuleta (Tropical), Trobadores, Bachamambo and Grupo Quillami, a folk dance group. There also will be many activities for children.

Around 1,500 people attended the first festival in 2001. Last year’s festival drew more than 5,000 Pardo said.

For more information, call 561-541-0692.

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