By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Put on your dancing shoes and bring your appetite, because the 5th Annual Pachanga in the Park is set to kick off this Saturday at Washington Park in Port Isabel.
“It’s a wonderful even. It has become the signature event for the City of Port Isabel,” said Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega Wednesday.
Approximately 5,000 people are expected to attend the event, which Interim City Manager Jared Hockema says will be bigger than ever. That’s due, in part, he said, to the fact that two bands are scheduled to perform this year, Los Mejores del Norte and La Xenal. Visitors to the Pachanga will be treated to tradition Latino music such as corridos, as well as modern rock and roll.
“We’re going to have a lot of booths. We’ve got a lot of sponsors,” Hockema said.
Pachanga will also offer plenty of food for those who burn off the calories dancing to the groove, including a jalapeño eating contest. “It allows our business owners… to showcase their delicacies,” Vega said.
“There’s games and some entertainment for the kids, as well,” he continued. That includes grito contests and chalupa games, and a costume contest, too. The little ones will have no shortage of things to do, as more children’s rides will be offered, including a pirate ship. “It’s a great family, community event,” Vega said.
“It fosters community spirit,” Hockema said. “It’s a way to promote the City.”
Pachanga in the Park will take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is free. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the City’s parks. For more information, call (956)943-0755.
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