Monday, October 3, 2016

Fiesta Latina at the Peabody in New Haven Oct. 8


The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, with Junta for Progressive Action, Inc., will hold the 14th  “Fiesta Latina,” an annual celebration of Latin American cultures, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Oct. 8, according to a release.

The event is free and open to the public, the release said.
"The Great Hall of Dinosaurs is the stage for music and dance performances throughout the day," and at 11 a.m. students of Mariachi Academy of Connecticut will perform traditional Mariachi song and dance, the release said.
Further, at noon X Dance Group will entertain with merengue, salsa and bachata music; at 12:40 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale will perform traditional folk dances from several regions of Mexico; at 1 p.m. African Arawak Connection will present Taino and Caribbean music; at 1:45 p.m. Baila Peru; and at 2:30 p.m. Ray Gonzalez and his Latin Jazz Quintet will perform, the release said..
"Specimens and artifacts from Latin America and around the world will be on display with an opportunity to meet an archaeologist.  Live creatures found in Latin America will greet visitors too," the release said. 
Fur, Feathers & Beyond will have live birds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Curious Creatures live animals from noon to 3 p.m.
Also, Latin American games and craft activities will be offered for children as well as face painting and a mineral dig, coloring a maraca with the Yale Latino Networking Group and decorating a Latin American bird with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  Numerous organizations will hold additional activities and awareness booths throughout the day.
Fiesta Latina is sponsored UNIVISION, UNIMAS Hartford, and Yale Latino Networking Group, the release said.
Other information:

The Peabody is at 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, is open 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 on Sunday. The Museum is closed Monday EXCEPT on Columbus Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents Day.  The Museum is closed January 1, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving and Dec. 24 & 25. Admission is $13 adults, $9 seniors, $6 children 3-18 and college students with I.D.  Children under 3 are free as are all visitors on Thursdays from 2 to 5 pm from September through June. Visit for additional program and exhibition information. 

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