Celebrating the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico

The Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park Amphitheater recently came alive with the bright colors of traditional Oaxaca costumes at the 14th annual Guelaguetza festival, a day-long, family-friendly event featuring live music and dances from Oaxaca, Mexico.

The seats of the amphitheater were overflowing with families gathered to watch the lively dances as performers tossed oranges and limes out to the crowd. “Guelaguetza is a holiday that is about helping and giving. This community is very open and welcoming and keeps that tradition alive,” said one performer.

Guelaguetza is organized by Grupo Cultural Oaxaqueno and the event received support from Put the Arts in Parks. Funded by the Seattle Park District, Put the Arts in Parks is helping to bring outdoor arts and culture projects to parks around the city this summer. Click here to view all 2016 Put the Arts in Parks events.