La Mafia to headline city’s 13th annual Grito Festival

A Ballet Folklorico dancer performs during the annual Grito Fest at Bicentennial Park. This year’s fest is Saturday.

One of the most popular festivals celebrating Hispanic heritage is back.

The 13th annual Grito Fest is set for 4:30 to 9:45 p.m. Saturday at Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market St. in Baytown. Admission is free. 

The event is family friendly featuring Mariachis, activities for children, a jalapeno eating contest, a salsa contest, an accordion competition and a Grito contest.

Food vendors will be on hand as will plenty of arts and crafts retailers with handmade items.    

This year’s festival will have La Mafia as its headliner. The band is coming back for its second appearance after they performed at the 2007 Grito Fest. 

Things kick off at 4:30 p.m. with the Mariachi Los Gallitos. The H.O.L.A. Ballet Folklorico is coming back again and will perform at 5:30 p.m. 

From 6 to 6:15 p.m., the accordion competition is held as is the Grito preliminaries. 

Plan Sonidero takes the stage at 6:15 p.m. Then, from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m., the jalapeno, salsa and Grito championships are held. 

La Mafia finishes off the musical offerings when they perform at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, visit www.visitbaytown.com/gritofestin4steps

Did you know?

A grito, for those unaware, is a celebratory and passionate cry of joy, made famous during the Mexican War of Independence from Spain. The Grito de Dolores was first uttered by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a parish priest of Dolores, on Sept. 16, 1810.

Can you say “Waaaaaaaii-ai-yai-yai-ahay-hay-hay?” That’s what you call a Grito!

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