Solido headlining 14th annual event
The Mexican musical cry, which is the focal point of one of Baytown’s most popular events, returns to Bicentennial Park this October.
The 14th annual Grito Fest will feature live entertainment from two-time Grammy award-winning group Solido, Tropical Panama and Mariachi Los Gallitos in addition to other local dance groups, according to Tara Barton, Parks and Recreation spokeswoman.
Local dance companies, Mejikinzie Ballet Folklorico and Huapangeros De Baytown, will also perform and will showcase a different style of traditional dance, each incorporating their own unique flare.
Grito Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, 1001 Market St.
Clifford Hatch, recreation superintendent at Baytown Parks and Recreation, said the department is proud to bring such notable performers to Baytown in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich, diverse history and culture within the Latino community,” Hatch said. “Hispanic heritage is a large part of the
fabric of our community, and we’re proud to put on a family-friendly event that celebrates that contribution right here in Baytown.”
In addition to live music and dance performances, Grito Fest also features an accordion competition, salsa contest and jalapeno-eating contest.
“Anyone is welcome to participate in each of the competitions,” Hatch said. “One year, a member of the crowd spontaneously entered the accordion competition and ended up winning. We encourage everyone to give it a shot; they might uncover an unknown talent.”
In addition to live entertainment, festival-goers may also enjoy tasting a wide variety of dishes from over 20 food stands and shopping with an assortment of vendors.
The event will also feature a children’s area.
“This event is fun for the whole family,” Hatch said. “We take pride in the fact that Grito Fest and many other parks and recreation events are offered completely free of charge. Just come out, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a fun evening in the park.”
Baytown’s Grito Fest celebrates the Hispanic culture and traditions practiced by its residents. The festival began as a small concert in 2006 and has grown to as many as 10,000 people. Each year, musicians perform a multitude of genres including mariachi, Tejano, norteno and cumbia.