The Guelaguetza arrives in Poughkeepsie | General Arts & Culture | Hudson Valley
This summer, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie will celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Guelaguetza to celebrate the culture, cuisine and community of Oaxaca, Mexico. The event will take place in Waryas Park, overlooking the Hudson River, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on August 14. Attendees will be able to enjoy traditional and tasty Oaxacan dishes, as well as traditional performances, including native songs and dances featuring ensembles in the usual bright and colorful costumes. .
The organizing group behind the traditional summer festival, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie, was established in 2006 to preserve Mexican culture among immigrant families and the wider local community. Participation in the event is completely free thanks to their fiscal sponsorship of Pathfinder Foundation, Basch and Keegan, Hispanic Federation, MVP, Poughkeepsie Public Libraryand Radio Kingston.
More than 100 artists, musicians, dancers and singers will perform at this year’s event. Some of the notable bands include New York Folk BalletTriquis Without Borders, Folk group from Costa Oaxaca, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie, Folk Ballet of Guadalupano, Natashuy Day House and Banda Azul de Oaxaca. The singers are Alberto Ojeda, Mariano Cerza, Selinesand Araceli Mendoza.
In addition to music and dancing, there will be traditional food and crafts for sale, a tent with free activities for children and information on local non-profit organizations will also be provided. All food for sale at the event will be traditional Oaxacan dishes, including tejate (a soft drink made from corn and cocoa), tlayudas (a large fried tortilla often with refried beans, lettuce, avocado, meat and cheese), and chapulines (grasshoppers).
The 2022 La Guelaguetza de Poughkeepsie organizing committee is made up of local non-profit organizations in the Poughkeepsie area, including Hudson Valley Patriots for Immigration ReformCasa Comunitaria de Recursos, The Voz, Poughkeepsie Public Library, Radio Revolutionand Sun River Health.