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Memorial Day sizzles with Salsa Fest at the Grand Park in downtown LA

Memorial Day Salsa Fest at the Grand Park in downtown LA
Memorial Day Salsa Fest at the Grand Park in downtown LA
by Ella Batalon

Memorial Day may mark the start of the summer vacation season for many Southland residents—but for Salsa dance lovers and enthusiasts it marks the beginning of a spicy hot summer as thousands of Angelenos gathered at the Grand Park in downtown LA on Monday for the 16th Annual International LA Salsa Fest.

Salsa Fest at the Grand Park in downtown LA
Ella Batalon

The Grand Park hosted the five hour event that started at 2 in the afternoon on-site in park grounds. The festival was free to the public complete with a large stage, Latin bands, musical artists, World Latin Dance Champions, six and seven-year-old World Latin Dance Champions, a well-known Grammy-winning Latin jazz band 'The Spanish Harlem Orchestra' and well-known Latin singer Frank Vasquez all the way from New York City for everyone's entertainment.

With the City Hall as its backdrop park visitors danced where ever there is room to cut-loose and Salsa with or without a partner. And despite the higher temperatures park visitors were not deterred from enjoying themselves and the music as they danced in sweltering heat with sizzling hot Salsa moves that would signal an emergency alarm to the LA Fire Department.

An ample number of food trucks and tents were setup to offer a diverse selection of ethnic cuisines and a wide assortment of beverages. As the temperature continued to rise, ice cold lemonade was the popular drink for such a scorching afternoon causing a couple food trucks and tents to run out of the refreshing beverage.

Many park visitors brought their own lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas, along with their own food and beverages turning it into an enjoyable afternoon picnic in the park for the entire family. With security personnel on-site for crowd control, no major disruptions occurred during the event making it a pleasant and enjoyable Memorial Day for many Angelenos.

For more information about LA's Grand Park, please visit their website: grandparkla.org.

Special Thanks to Bonnie Goodman.