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Sixth Annual “La Guelaguetza” Festival in Poughkeepsie Celebrates Oaxacan Traditions

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Felipe Santos

Director, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie




Sixth Annual “La Guelaguetza” Festival in Poughkeepsie Celebrates Oaxacan Traditions

Poughkeepsie, NY - On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie in collaboration with Arts Mid-Hudson, Hudson River HealthCare, Hudson Valley Patriots for Immigration Reform, La Voz magazine, Middle Main and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, hosts the 6th Annual La Guelaguetza Festival celebrating the traditions, culture and flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Poughkeepsie's internationally recognized La Guelaguetza festival, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 1 pm to 7 pm at Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. The festival is a unique opportunity to experience breathtakingly distinctive and vibrant traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico, here in the Hudson Valley.

La Guelaguetza is the most important festival in Oaxaca. The Poughkeepsie festival, modeled after the Oaxacan Guelaguetza (gel-ah-GET-zah), is a vibrant display of folkloric dance, traditional Mexican and American food, and free activities for children.

The event will be presented in both English and Spanish. Featured performers include Grupo Folclorico de Poughkeepsie, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nuevo York, Grupo Folklorico Danzantes Unidos de Newburgh, and Grupo de Danza Mount Alvernia. DJ Sanchez will provide live entertainment.

The event also serves as an opportunity to provide information on health and wellness, and more. A Hudson River HealthCare mobile health clinic will be on site to provide health education and preventative screening. Organizations, including Planned Parenthood, Grace Smith House, Saint Mary’s Church, Catholic Charities, the Worker Justice Center of New York, the Poughkeepsie Plenty Food Coalition, Fidelis Care, Hudson Health Plan, Hudson River Housing, the Dutchess County Community Action Partnership, and the Public Policy Application Fund will also be on site to offer resources for the attendees.

Polly Adema, Director of Arts Mid-Hudson’s Folk Arts Program, encourages everyone to stop by Waryas Park on August 3. “The local Oaxacan community, along with many others, has organized an authentic celebration of a highly expressive culture. We are so fortunate to have a large Oaxacan community living in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and even more fortunate that community members so generously share their cultural traditions with the wider community.”

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to be part of this exciting summer festival; stop by to watch authentic Oaxacan traditional dancing, enjoy delicious Mexican foods, and celebrate the beauty of Oaxacan culture.  

This event is sponsored by The Hispanic Federation, Arts Mid-Hudson, Classic Tent Party Rental, Hudson Health Plan, DJ Sanchez, Fidelis Care, St. Mary’s Church, Latino Commission on Aids, Poughkeepsie Journal and La Super Latina FM.

For more updated information on the La Guelaguetza, please visit www.facebook.com/pokguelaguetza

For an article regarding the development and growth of the La Guelaguetza Festival, please visit: http://lavoz.bard.edu/articles/index.php?id=11405


Grupo Folclórico de Poughkeepsie (GFP) was inaugurated in 2006. The mission of Grupo Folclórico de Poughkeepsie is to preserve Mexican culture, teach and pass on Mexican culture to children of Mexican parents and others interested in learning, and to create a bridge of encounter with members of the Hudson Valley community through the medium of authentic Oaxacan dance, music and flavors. Since 2009, GFP has been organizing the La Guelaguetza festival at Waryas Park.


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