By Karen Longwell

Posted on July 27, 2022 at 10:14 a.m.

After two years virtual, the Mississauga Latin Festival returns live with a celebration of culture, dance, music and food.

Now celebrating its 14th birthdaye anniversary, the festival is in Celebration Square this long weekend.

Each summer, this three-day event, produced by the nonprofit Canadian Latin Heritage, features Latin American music, food, art, dance and performances. The event attracts more than 45,000 visitors a year, according to the website.

This year, the festival starts on Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. with a welcome and a full program of activities. Music and dance from Venezuela, Colombia, Chile and Peru are on the menu.

On Saturday, the festival begins with a Zumba class at 12:15 p.m. and more music and dancing culminating with a performance by internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Jair Santrich at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, start of Zumba at 12:05 p.m., followed by a parade at 1 p.m.

“Each year, Latin American countries are represented by delegations that set up a beautiful display of traditional costumes, musical groups with percussion and wind instruments such as ‘Papayeras’ (percussion) and ‘Chirimias’ ( wind instrument) that engage the audience and dancers along the parade route,” according to the website.

Folk performances and exhibits from Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador continue until the festival ends at 7 p.m.

If you get hungry watching all those performances, the food court has more than 20 vendors offering Latin favorites like empanadas and churros.

There’s also a kids’ area with crafts, a scavenger hunt, balloons, and more.

For the full program of events, visit the website.

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