Photo Essay: Fiesta DC

Media Credit: Emmy Numann | Photographer

A folklórico performer representing Mexico pauses on Constitution Avenue in the Parade of Nations at the Fiesta DC festival Sunday. Fiesta DC celebrated its 50th anniversary as the largest Latin festival in D.C. during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Updated: Sept. 29, 2022 at 1:32 p.m.

Hundreds marched down Constitution Avenue Sunday for the Parade of Nations, a celebration of Latino cultures as part of the District’s annual Latin festival.

Fiesta DC marked its 50th anniversary this year as the largest festival celebrating Latino culture in D.C. with two full-day events Saturday and Sunday. At the Parade of Nations Sunday, participants wore the traditional colors and fashion from their home countries in a show of pride during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Here are some scenes from the parade:

Joseph Decilos | Staff Photographer

Folklorico dancer Ilen Gosorio awaits her performance at Fiesta DC Sunday. The dance of Baile Folklorico originates from Mexico and uses movement from elaborate dresses.

Emmy Numann | Photographer

A trio and a few extra helpers gather to carry the flag of Bolivia. While nearly every nation of Central and South America was present in the parade, Fiesta DC highlighted Guatemala as the featured nation for this year’s festival.

Joseph Decilos | Staff Photographer

Nancia Sical, the owner of Nancia’s Antojitos, grills chicken before the event’s crowd. Nancia’s Antojitos prepared authentic Guatemalan food for the festival, which spotlights Guatemalan culture.

Emmy Numann | Photographer

A spectator records the Panama marching band ensemble in the Parade of Nations Sunday. Spreading across Constitution Avenue, the Parade of Nations led from 7th Street and ended at 14th Street in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Emmy Numann | Photographer

A young man tips his hat while performing Salay, a courtship dance that focuses on the themes of love and relationships with the land, during the Parade of Nations at the Fiesta DC festival Sunday. The Parade of Nations lasted from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday with sporadic rain in the final hour.

Emmy Numann | Photographer

A car representing Guatemala decorated with Barbie dolls glides down Constitution Avenue in the Parade of Nations. A quote on the side of the car reads “Guatemala Tu Nombre Inmortal” from the Guatemalan national anthem, “Himno Nacional de Guatemal,” which translates to “Guatemala, your immortal name.”

Emmy Numann | Photographer

Adorned with a smile and Bolivian cultural regalia, a performer dances their way down Constitution Avenue in the Parade of Nations. Performers ranged from all ages, with the youngest dancers in diapers.

 

Emmy Numann | Photographer

A performer moves to the Tinkus Bolivian traditional dance, which embraces the ritual fighting between the elements of Alasaya and Majasaya and focuses on themes of opposition.

Emmy Numann | Photographer

A young participant representing Bolivia gulps water from a volunteer. With participants dancing across seven blocks along Constitution Avenue, volunteers representing many nations checked in on dancers with plenty of opportunities to stay hydrated throughout the parade.

Emmy Numann | Photographer

Performers of Peru’s program in the Parade of Nations made their way down Constitution Avenue during the FiestaD C festival, battling the rain in the late Sunday afternoon.

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