Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga toasts the South's growing
Latino population with the second-annual "Festival de las
on August 10 and 11.
Bands showcasing a variety of Latin sounds -- mariachi, salsa,
and island music -- liven the plaza, along with Latino performers
and artists. The aquarium teamed with several area Latino businesses,
including La Buena radio, to provide entertainment and to offer
special aquarium discounts for the fiesta.
Sponsors of "Festival de las Aguas" are. . .
"La Buena" radio, Comcast Cable, Mello-Yello and Allied
Arts. Plaza activities are free of charge
and open to the public.
festival begins at 11 a.m. and will feature live bands,
a dance group and giveaways. Here's the day's lineup:
blends traditional Cuban sounds with the popular rhythms
of Latin dance music and salsa. They will play under the
tent at noon and 3 p.m.
six-piece mariachi band, "Mariachi Los Rancheros,"
will play at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. They'll stroll through the
plaza, playing to the crowds.
coupon to the Aquarium, IMAX and Creative Discovery Museum
available at area BI-LO's for children ages 3-12. (All
children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult.
Coupon good for Aug. 10 & 11 only)
radio station (Z93.1 FM) will do live remotes from the festival
on Saturday and Sunday.
will be on hand to distribute samples of their new flavor,
"Ensalada de Fruita" on the plaza.
will distribute samples of their Mello-Yellow flavors.
will have giveaways from HBO Latino and Discovery en Espanol
information on Latino Music and Networks.
Colleen Laliberte will share traditional Latin folktales
on the plaza and in the auditiorium throughout both days
of the festival.
The Mexican Folklore Ballet, a group of young women ages
8 to 12, will perform traditional Mexican dances while wearing
costumes on both Saturday and Sunday.
de la Raza will have bilingual volunteers on site both days
to assist. This group is a non-profit organization designed
to educate and foster a better understanding of Latino culture.
They are available to help translate the behind-the-scenes
tours if necessary and help answer any questions our visitors
might have by serving as translators.
Creative Discovery Museum will host a craft table for children
on the plaza.
staff and volunteers will host live animal encounters (weather
permitting) and other educational programs on the plaza
throughout the day.
the Seahorse will make appearances at the plaza, entertaining
children and adults alike.
first 500 children to tour the Aquarium on Saturday will
receive a free plush seahorse at the end of their tour.
Environmental Learning Lab Activities
for Festival de las Aquas, August 10 & 11
(The Environmental Learning Lab is located in the
IMAX Theater Center across the street from the Aquarium).
in the Garden for children 12 and under
Sat. 11AM, 1PM, 3PM,
Sun. 2PM, 4PM
Display with resources
interactive on touchscreen kiosk
Computer Scavenger Hunt worksheet - ages 12-adult
(fill out for chance
to win free IMAX tickets)
Coloring Contest -
Category I ages 7 & under
Category II ages 8-12
(win free plush animals
from the rainforest)
more information, call 800-262-0695
great information and links at All
Mexico Online - The online
guide to Mexico.
An Internet hotlist on Spanish
resources ¡en Español!- for kids and teachers.
Yahoo! en español
- Yahoo! guide to Spanish speaking communities around the world.
a great news and entertainment resource.
Latino Beat - daily online
Latino news and information service.
Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater
aquarium in the world. Built with private contributions, the
Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world.
Admission is $12.95 per adult and $6.95 per child, ages 3-12.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org
or by phone at 1-800-262-0695.