April 19, 2002
Big Bands Performing!
The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is hosting the “Hispanic Music Fan Fest 2002” at the Municipal Park on Bicentennial Blvd., McAllen, Texas, May 4, 2002 to commemorate Cinco de Mayo, The Fifth of May, a Hispanic Holiday. The Chamber wanted to have a regional celebration for Cinco de Mayo that is the victory of Mexico over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
“We are interested in promoting Hispanic Music in our region. The Fan Fest is a chance for people to meet some of their favorite Hispanic recording artists and see some of the up-coming local bands,” said Blanca Cardenas, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Fan Fest Coordinator.
The event was renamed after the first year from “Tejano Music Fan Fest” to “Hispanic Music Fan Fest” to showcase talent from all types of the Hispanic music industry.
“Spanish-language music is breaking grounds on many different levels,” said Cardenas.
Last year’s event attracted more than 7,000 people from across the Rio Grande Valley, the State and Mexico. This year, the organizers are expecting more than 10,000 people from across the State of Texas and Mexico to attend the outdoor concert.
Event organizers have already confirmed “Los Palominos”, “Cadetes De Linares”, “Invasores De Nuevo Leon”, “Control”, “Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz”, “Signo”, “Big Circo”, “Roble”, and “Duelo”.
The Fan Fest is a family event from 10 a.m. to midnight. This year the Hispanic Music Fan Fest Committee has added a car show for concertgoers. There will be more than 80 different cars from classics to collectibles inside the park.
There will also be plenty of food booths from fajita tacos, funnel cakes, and corn on the cob to beer and micheladas.
Tickets will only be sold at the door for $6 and children under 12 years old will enter free of charge. There will be NO tickets sold before the event.
Contact: Roy Cantu, City of McAllen, Media Relations Director, 972-7271 or 792-7779
Blanca Cardenas, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 682-2871