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Heritage Fiesta 9 a.m. on Saturday

The Mexican Heritage Fiesta starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and should last through midnight Saturday at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center.

Tickets are $5 for ages 11-17 and seniors, $10 for adults and free for children 10 and younger.

The event includes the return of the popular pageantry show, performances by the Folkloric Dancers, business and food vendors, costume contests, music and more.

Zulema Escobedo, President of the Mexican Heritage Society, said this year’s fiesta is going to be bigger than ever.

“We have close to 50 contestants that are going to be participating in this year’s fiesta pageantry, which is a great number larger from our previous years,” Escobedo said. “We have anywhere from newborn babies all the way to 21 year olds. Same thing with our vendors, we are booked for every vendor.”

The 20 plus vendors include local businesses from law firms to dentist offices with non-profit companies located outside the center. Hobby tables will be set up and numerous food vendors are set to attend. Lifeshare will also be present for blood donations.

The fiesta celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a welcome by Port Arthur Mayor Thurman “Bill” Bartie and a presentation of colors. Various festivities and performances will take place throughout the day.