If you follow along on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram) you totally saw that I spent this Labor Day weekend in my home town of San Antonio, Texas enjoying Festival PEOPLE en Español with my familia. This was our first time attending #FestivalPeople and it did not disappoint.
First let me say that I was honored to be fortunate enough to have been granted press access, which gave me backstage access to a lot of pretty cool events (check out the rest of my backstage pics of here).
To begin, me and some of my fellow bloggeras were invited to a sneak preview luncheon Friday afternoon where we got to bond over great food and even greater company.
My familia arrived from the Rio Grande Valley that night and we prepped ourselves to enjoy the fun the sponsors (Disney, Coca-Cola, Jeep, CoverGirl, HEB, Strayer University, and The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau) had to offer;
along with some great performances and interviews from the artists and speakers in attendance.
So why do I think this was a great precursor to Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs September 15th – October 15th? Because it managed to bring together events that merged the likes of three generations in my Mexican-American family. Everything from the sponsors, to the musical acts and artists were very familiar to my Mexican born parents (1st generation) who are used to seeing them on their television at home.
This mix was also familiar to my sister and I (2nd generation) who grew up watching Mexican television alongside our parents.
But the music, the food and the inclusion of Disney and teenage icons definitely appealed to the 3rd generation – my niece and nephew – which was a great surprise since we got to spend the entire weekend together, without having to hear – I’m bored, I wanna go home.
It was truly a fun family event! And, while they could have just showcased it as a purely entertainment driven event, they didn’t. They went above and beyond offering great panels, like the one on Inspiring the Next Generation with Zendaya, Becky G, Leslie Grace, Miguelito and Matt Hunter (which I will share more on later this week); Leading with Your Inner Drive – T.D. Jakes; along with panels on education and immigration with Rosie Castro, Joaquin Castro, Henry Cisneros, & Henry Cuellar.
Hispanic Heritage Month is an umbrella celebration that covers over 20 different countries, nationalities & cultures and I think this weekend offered a great mix of experiences that brought smiles and awareness to everyone in attendance at #FestivalPeople. For that, I applaud Festival PEOPLE en Español, the sponsors, speakers and entertainers who made the 2014 celebration a huge success. Thanks and we hope to see you again next year!
Did you attend #FestivalPeople this year? What was your favorite part?