Upon stepping onto the grounds of the San Salvador Church Fiesta de Colores, fiesta attendees will step back in time—even if just for a while. There will be over 25 food booths each uniquely decorated with paper flowers, sombreros, and zarapes with parishioners selling special Mexican, Guatemalan, or Salvadorian food dishes.
“We’ve elected to feature a Hispanic fiesta theme to compliment the different foods that will be available. The booths will be colorfully decorated and certainly will bring back some favorite memories to many people of the former church fiestas,” said Terry Garcia-Yanez, Fiesta Chair. The fiesta will be held Saturday, September 3rd starting at 2:30 p.m. with the singing of both the American and Mexican National Anthem by Church Choir Director Joe Luna. The day’s festivities include the crowning of the children’s king and queen and her court. Sonidos de mi Tierra Mariachi and a colorful dance folklorico will perform before the 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. LRS X/Posure live dance band. Multi-talented DJ Tommy Vasquez will play a varied repertoire of music and introduce a cavalcade of dancers, bands, and singers throughout both days of the fiesta.
An Aztec dance group will perform in full regalia on Sunday, September 4th at 11:45 a.m. prior to the 12:00 noon mass. Mariachi Aztecas de Oro will play old musical favorites and then back-to-back entertainment with folklorico dancers, singers Veronica and Victor, several bands, and Los Viejito children’s dance group. Smooth Groove is a very popular band and will conclude the two-day festivities from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Four-Iron Beer is a local brewery and will provide craft beer on Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a nominal fee. Both days, a beer garden with domestic beer will be available.
The San Salvador Church is the oldest dedicated church in the Diocese of San Bernardino. Its original location was on Agua Mansa Street in South Colton but was relocated to West “K” Street where an Aztec temple-style church was built and still stands today. “It is a tradition to host a yearly fiesta that brings many families together. We look forward to another entertaining and well-planned event for our community to enjoy”, shared Father Bonifacio.
San Salvador Church fiesta grounds are located on 178 W. “K” Street in Colton. There will be a Children’s fun corner with prizes.
For more information call Terry Garcia-Yanez at 909/213-1446.
By Angela L. Espinoza de Vargas