Thousands celebrate Fiestas Patrias at Plaza Mariachi

The event featured food, music, and customs from many Latin American countries.
Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 11:42 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 4:24 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - More than 20,000 people celebrated Mexican Independence and Hispanic Heritage Month at Plaza Mariachi in South Nashville on Sunday.

“I came here because I just want to feel at home right now,” said Jissel Perez a festival visitor.

Justin Douangboutha said his girlfriend, Perez, moved to Nashville from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico a year ago. He said she’s excited to come to this because she misses stuff from home and events like this give her little memories of it.

“We expect maybe up to 20,000 people throughout the day to come through and enjoy inside and outside in representation of all the Latin American countries that are celebrating independence, but first and for most Mexican Independence,” said the owner of Plaza Mariachi, Diane Janbakhsh.

From food to music, to dancing and language, Janbakhsh said this festival is about bringing the many Hispanic and international community members in the Middle Tennessee area together.

“I appreciate that we have a lot of opportunities here,” Perez said.

“This is my first time coming to a big Hispanic event like this and it’s cool to learn more about the culture and food,” Douangboutha said. “Hispanic people are just so awesome; it makes me feel like I’m at home even this I’m not even Hispanic because I feel so welcome to be here.”

The festival went on until 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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