Venue Address (Get Directions)2012 Latino Festival
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Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 12:00pm
DURHAM -- It was pouring around noon on Saturday, but by mid-afternoon, children were playing soccer and a crowd had gathered in Rock Quarry Park in northern Durham.
For the fifth annual Latino Festival this year, organizers moved the venue from last year's Forest Hills Park to Rock Quarry, and hundreds of people showed up despite the humidity and the gray skies.
"I like seeing people playing soccer," said Esmeralda Castaneda, 8, who was making crowns with her mom, Lorena, and sister, 4-year-old Janet.
Local businesses and vendors turned up at the festival, including Locopops, LATCH, a Duke University Medical Center program for community health care, and balloon-makers and henna tattoo artists.
Even a clown from Puerto Rico came to the festival to advocate for children's rights.
"We were worried about the rain, but once the sun came out, everything was going well," said organizer Rosalie Bocelli.
The City of Durham's Department of Public Works also came to the festival to demonstrate sources of water pollution with a colorful, kid-friendly set up. Some 66 percent of water pollution come from diffused and spread out "non-point sources," such as residential homes, said Public Education Coordinator Abigail Ferrance-Wu.
Leno y sus Compass Del Norte took the center stage at the start of the event, followed by Danza Concheroz, a Durham-based Aztec dance group. Its dancers were dressed in feathers with ornate costumes.
Dance organizer Monica Velazquez said this was their first time at the Latino Festival.
"I didn't expect a big crowd, but this is a decent-sized showing," she said.
Bocelli said last year's festival drew around 2,000 people, and she said this year's might draw even more.
Read more: The Herald-Sun - Thousands visit Latino Festival at Durham s Rock Quarry Park