Fiesta Indianapolis event called off after 37-year run

Fiesta Indianapolis, an annual cultural event that has celebrated the city’s Latino heritage since 1980, has been called off this year.

La Plaza, the group that organizes Fiesta Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that it “decided to support the events by the Mexican Consulate, Indiana Latino Expo and Indiana Latino Institute during National Hispanic Heritage Month” instead of hosting its annual festival.

The group said “competition for limited sponsorship funding did play a role in this decision.”

Fiesta Indianapolis, which traditionally takes place the third Saturday in September at downtown’s American Legion Mall, typically draws more than 15,000 attendees. The full-day event features food vendors, live music, dancing, children’s activities and community service booths.

Organizers said they would decide whether to host the event again in September 2019 prior to La Plaza’s annual dinner event in May.

“While we share the community’s strong affinity for Fiesta Indianapolis, our board of directors felt that supporting our community colleagues would ensure that the other events would receive additional support and that La Plaza funds would be used in the best possible way to sustain our programs, which strengthen families and support youth development,” La Plaza CEO Miriam Acevedo Davis said in written comments.

La Plaza’s 14th Night of the Americas Annual Dinner is scheduled for May 3 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

“We look forward to supporting our community friends and continuing to host our Night of the Americas annual dinner,” Davis said.

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