Fiesta DC – The GW Hatchet

Photo essay: Fiesta DC – The GW Hatchet

Media Credit: Emmy Numann | photographer

A folklórico artist representing Mexico pauses on Constitution Avenue for the Parade of Nations at the Fiesta DC Festival on Sunday. Fiesta DC celebrated its 50th anniversary as DC’s largest Latino festival during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hundreds marched down Constitution Avenue on Sunday in the Parade of Nations, a celebration of Latino cultures as part of the district’s annual Latino Festival.

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Fiesta DC celebrated its 50th anniversary this year as DC’s largest festival celebrating Latino culture with two all-day events on Saturday and Sunday. At Sunday’s Parade of Nations, participants wore the traditional colors and fashions of their home countries to show their pride during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Here are some scenes from the parade:

Emmy Numan | photographer

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

Emmy Numan | photographer

A spectator takes on the Panama marching band ensemble at Sunday’s Parade of Nations. The Parade of Nations, which spread down Constitution Avenue, ran from 7th Street to 14th Street in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Emmy Numan | photographer

A young man dons his hat as he performs salay, a courtship dance focusing on the themes of love and relationships with the country, during the Parade of Nations at Fiesta DC Festival on Sunday. The Parade of Nations lasted from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday with sporadic rain for the last hour.

Emmy Numan | photographer

A car decorated with Barbie dolls representing Guatemala 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 Guatemala,” which translates to “Guatemala, thy immortal name.”

Emmy Numan | photographer

Decked out in smiles and Bolivian cultural regalia, a performer dances his way down Constitution Avenue in the Parade of Nations. The performers were of all ages, with the youngest dancers wearing diapers.

Emmy Numan | photographer

A performer moves to the traditional Bolivian tinkus dance, which involves ritual combat between the elements of Alasaya and Majasaya and focuses on themes of opposition.

Emmy Numan | photographer

A young participant representing Bolivia swallows water from a volunteer. As participants danced seven blocks along Constitution Avenue, volunteers from many nations checked in with the dancers, who had ample opportunities to stay hydrated during the parade.

Emmy Numan | photographer

Performers from the Peru program at the Parade of Nations walked down Constitution Avenue during the FiestaD C festival battling the rain late Sunday afternoon.

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