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Hispanic Arts Stampede Parade 2022

Latin Fiesta at the 2022 Calgary Stampede Prelude Parade: A Vibrant Celebration of Hispanic Arts

The Hispanic Arts Society (HAS) embarked on an exhilarating journey as they took part in the renowned Calgary Stampede Prelude Parade, marking their 35th anniversary in grand style. The streets came alive with the vibrant colours, pulsating rhythms, and infectious energy of Latin culture, as the HAS delegation showcased the rich heritage of Hispanic arts to a captivated audience.

The Hispanic Arts Society (HAS) recently marked a significant milestone with its 35th anniversary celebration during the Stampede Prelude parade. In an awe-inspiring display of Latin culture, the event showcased the rich heritage of music, dance, costumes, and flags. This year’s HAS Stampede presentation brought together a talented lineup of performers who delighted the audience with their captivating performances. Let’s take a closer look at the exciting highlights of this unforgettable event.

A Spectacular Showcase of Latin Performers:

The parade procession featured an array of talented artists and performers who added a touch of magic to the event. Mambo Productions Latin Dance School mesmerized the audience with their scintillating salsa moves, while Paula Regehr, known as The Samba Queen, stole the show with her electrifying samba performance. Así es Colombia and Pasión Boliviana dancers showcased the cultural diversity of Latin America through their captivating choreography.

The event also featured the incredible talents of Ivan the Stiltwalker, who effortlessly roamed the parade route, captivating onlookers with his extraordinary skills. The Cantinflas Impersonator brought humor and laughter, paying tribute to the legendary Mexican comedian. The Massive Mariachi Mascots and the Butterfly Babes added a touch of whimsy and color to the celebration, creating an atmosphere of joy and excitement.

Unforgettable Music and Dance

The parade delegation, consisting of 80 people, danced their way through the streets to the rhythm of various Latin music genres, including salsa, samba, cumbia, merengue, reggaetón, pop, and urban beats. Each step resonated with the infectious energy of Latin music, spreading joy and happiness to all those who witnessed the procession. The fusion of different dance styles and musical genres showcased the diversity and vitality of Latin culture.

Representing Latin America and Beyond

In a beautiful display of unity and inclusivity, the parade featured 23 flag bearers representing not only all the Latin American countries but also Spain, Canada, and the USA. This diverse representation highlighted the shared heritage and cultural exchange between different nations. The vibrant display of flags served as a visual reminder of the rich tapestry of Hispanic culture and its influence around the world.

Gratitude and Looking Ahead

The Hispanic Arts Society expressed its heartfelt gratitude to  Calgary Stampede Prelude Parade organizers, HAS volunteers and dance groups that participated in the parade. Their unwavering dedication and passion for Latin arts and culture made this milestone celebration an overwhelming success. The Stampede Prelude Parade provided an ideal platform to share the beauty and vibrancy of Hispanic arts with a broader audience.

As the Hispanic Arts Society looks back on its 35th anniversary celebration, it eagerly anticipates the upcoming 2023 Stampede Prelude Parade, where the magic of Latin culture will once again take center stage. The society invites everyone to join them in celebrating the rich heritage of Hispanic arts and culture. Let us come together once more and embrace the infectious spirit of Latin Fiesta.

Gracias, and until next time!

 

Photo Credits: Maria Esther Fernandez, Paula Regehr, Kenneth D’Silva, and Valeria Garcia

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