The colorful ballet was the entertainment centerpiece at Mexico’s Independence Gala Dinner.
Mexico hosted the Independence Gala Dinner at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Center on Friday September 10th. The evening was a part of Mexico Fest– a series of events that celebrate Mexico’s two hundred year anniversary of independence and feature Mazatlan as the guest destination.
The Mazatlan-based Sinaloa Folkloric Ballet performed a repertoire that reflected the history and culture of Mexico. Guests enjoyed several dances including the traditional indigenous “dance of the deer.” Vancouverites saw the authentic and cultural side of Mazatlan.
“WestJet is about to enter its fourth year of flying to Mazatlan,” Said Yehudi Altman, Director of Product for WestJet Vacations. “Western Canadians feel at home in Mazatlan. It is a diversified destination with sun and sea; as well as fine arts such as ballet and theater.”
In addition to watching the ballet, guests met Mazatlan’s Mardi Gras queens who were dressed in full royal regalia. The queens’ appearance was a preamble to the traditional independence ceremony introduced by Francisco De la Vega, Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa and led by Angel Villalobos, Consul General of Mexico in Vancouver.
Alice Wong, Member of Parliament for Richmond, spoke about the Mexican- Canadian community’s commitment to multi-culturalism. Guests sang the Canadian national anthem to acknowledge Mexico’s positive relationship with Canada.
About Mazatlan and Mexico’s Bicentennial Celebrations:
The Independence Gala Dinner is part of a series of Mexico Fest events that feature Mazatlan. Mazatlan is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan possesses one of Mexico’s only seaside historic centers. One in every three travellers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian. The city, State Tourism Board, and the Mazatlan Hotel Association are thrilled to bring a part of Mazatlan to Vancouver as a preview to the winter season, when most Canadians flock south. For further information visit www.gomazatlan.com
Mexico Fest is organized by the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver with support from the Mexico Tourism Board and the Trade Commission.