Calle Ocho Rounds Out Hispanic Heritage Month

Telemundo Texoma and Zavala Hispanic Initiative are teaming up to bring a huge Latin festival to the Falls for a third year.

Calle Ocho will consist of everything from a Zumbathon, to Mariachi performances, to a jalepeno eating contest. Most events will be set up in the Farmer's Market downtown on 8th Street and Ohio. The Zumbathon will start at 9a.m. at the Bill Bartley branch of the YMCA.

Proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships for students in Texoma, that will be presented by Zavala at a ceremony in April. "They will honor different leaders in the community and they will also have some students there that will be receiving these scholarships out of these funds from this Latin festival," said Telemundo Event Coordinator Alicia Perez.

The event will celebrate many different parts of the Hispanic culture, but you don't have to be of Latin descent to attend. "It's for anyone who just wants to come out and have some fun with us and get to just enjoy some music, some esquisite food," said Perez. "I mean, tacos, who doesn't love tacos?"

There have been some last minute changes to the Calle Ocho schedule:

9a.m.-12p.m. : Zumbathon (moved to YMCA Bill Bartley branch)
12:30-1 : Honor Guard, Dedication to Hispanic, Prayer
1-2:30 : Live Music
2:30-4:30 : Mariachi
4:30-5 : Jalapeno Eatign Contest
5-5:30 : Car Show
5:30-6:30 : Folklorico and Caribbean Dancers
6:30-7:15 : Justin Ray and Miggi
7:15-9:15 : Chico Salsa Band/ Salsa Dance Contest
9:15-9:30 : Grito Contest
9:45-11 : Estilo Tejano
11-11:15 : Closing Thought by Madam President