September 11, 1998

SeaWorld Salutes Hispanic Heritage Month With "Fiestas Patrias".

SeaWorld San Diego marks this year's Mexican Independence Day with the adventure park's ninth annual "Fiestas Patrias" celebration. Festivities include special appearances by Televisa television soap opera celebrities during the weekend event Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13.

This year's highlight involves an interactive question-and-answer session between famous Televisa celebrities and the public at the park's Bird Showplace. These twice daily sessions will be taped for later broadcast on XEWT Channel 12. Between shows, fans may meet and pose for photos with their favorite stars and attend an autograph session at the park's Plaza Del Sol.

SeaWorld will add an Hispanic flavor to the park with two days of singing, dancing and decorations celebrating the region's rich Latino heritage. "Mariachi Aleger," a band of child performers between 6 and 15 years old and "Ballet Folklorico Tapatio", a dance troupe, will perform throughout the weekend at SeaWorld's entrance plaza bandstand.

Guests also will want to visit Plaza Del Sol, a special exhibit dedicated to Latino culture. Individuals of all ages and ethnic backgrounds will enjoy the Plaza's interactive stations, multi-colored design, and eight large portrait columns honoring Latino individuals who have made unique contributions in specific fields.

Two-for-one admittance discounts are available at all San Diego metro-area Radio Shack retailers and other select Spring PCS retailers. For more information, call (619) 226-3901.


National City's Annual `Fiestas Patrias'

Califormula Radio Group's Radio Latina (104.5 FM) X99 (99.3 FM) and Jammin' Z90 (90.3 FM), host a festive salute to Mexican Independence Day when they host the 12th annual Sprint PCS and Nokia Fiestas Patrias celebration noon to 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13 at National City's Kimball Park. (Mexican Independence Day is Wednesday, Sept. 16).

Thousands are expected for a whirlwind day of family entertainment, games and tempting Mexican food —culminating with a spectacular fireworks display. Highlights will include nationally renowned Hispanic recording artists, mariachis, Mexican charro acts, and children's activities. Sponsor booths throughout the park will feature games, contests and free product samples.

Balladeer Jose Jose heads the list of featured national artists from Radio Latina's playlist, along with pop favorites Kabah and The Sacados. Listeners of X99 will enjoy live performances from national stars such as Tiranos del Norte and Gua-dalupe Esparza to name a few.

Performers adding to the festive atmosphere are San Diego's own Alberto Aspe and Victor Espinoza, as well as strolling mariachis.

Kimball Park is on the corner of 12th and D Streets in National City.


Fiesta Patrias at Escondido

Amigos del Valle Escondido is having its 8th Annual Fiestas Patrias community celebration on Saturday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido. There will be entertainment, food, crafts boutiques, children's games, and community, health and business information booths. The Heritage Park Museums of the Escondido Historical Society will be open.

The family-oriented event is free and open to the public. Vendor booths and sponsorships are available. Part of the net proceeds will support the Amigos educational scholarship fund and other local charities. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido and the North County Times.

For more information, please call (760) 432-2893.


Celebración del "Grito de Dolores"

La ciudad de Los Angeles conjuntamente con el Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico y Cónsul General de México presentan la celebración anual del "Grito de Dolores" el martes, 15 de Septiembre de 1998, en conmemoración del Día de la Independencia de México. En esta gran celebración, producido y televisada por KMEX-TV, Canal 34, participarán artistas musicales, mariachis y un mundialmente conocido ballet folklórico, el Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. Además, el evento culminará con el tradicional "Grito" en Los Angeles y desde la ciudad de México.

El evento se llevará a cabo en la Placita Olvera en el centro de Los Angeles, cerca de la intersección de las calles Los Angeles y Alameda.

Dará principio a las 7 p.m. y será transmitido por KMEX-TV, Canal 34 empezando a las 10 p.m. Los anfitriones de este evento especial serán Jesús Javier y Cristina Aceves. Entre los artistas que participarán en "El Grito" incluyen: el Ballet Folklórico de México, el Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Carmen Jara, Alejandro Ruíz de la telenovela "Esmeralda" y el Mariachi Las Alondras.

En la ceremonia oficial del Grito aquí en Los Angeles, participarán: el alcalde de la ciudad de Los Angeles Richard Riordan; los concejales Richard Alatorre, Richard Alarcón y Mike Hernández; el Cónsul de México José Angel Pescador Osuna; el presidente del Comité Cívico Patriótico Enedino Aguirre; y la presidenta del Instituto Cultural Mexicano, Leticia Quezada.

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