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Festival embraces Latin culture

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Austin is known for its festivals, and this one is celebrating all things Latin.

It's a festival that's helping keep the Latin culture alive.
"For us, the music is about community. It's about people getting involved, expressing themselves through the music, through dancing and singing," says Alexis Herrera, performer.
Pachanga Fest was started in 2008 by an Austin native who worked more than 10 years in music marketing.
The event continues to grow every year.
"The community of Austin has been great. So to see it transform from when it started at Waterloo Park seven years ago, it's huge," says Stephanie Bergara, Pachanga Fest.
Pachanga means "lively party" and that's exactly what is taking place at Fiesta Gardens Saturday.
The festival showcases Latin artists from around the world, within a wide range of musical genres and styles.
"You get to see a lot of the fresher, more Latin music fusions and also the older types of music as well. We are very, very fortunate to be living in Austin, to where we can have all this stuff come to us. We have to take advantage of it," says Vanessa Burden, attendee.
We're told East Austin is the perfect location for this event.
Many who attended see this part of town as a hub for culture.  
"The first time I came to Pachanga was two years ago and I've been hooked ever since then. It's always been an amazing fun time," says Burden.
The festival even gets the kids involved.
NiƱo's Rock Pachanga is an interactive activity area featuring cultural arts and crafts and performances.
A portion of ticket sales will go to Austin Relief Alliance.

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