Basalt celebrates cultural diversity with some Latin pizzazz |

Basalt celebrates cultural diversity with some Latin pizzazz

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Another weekend, another party in Basalt.

The town’s celebration of its cultural diversity, better known as Basalsa, will return for a second year from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 13 in Lions Park, near the library and Town Hall.

“The name came from my attempt to highlight a bit more of the Latin pizzazz in the town,” said Pete McBride, a councilman in town and one of the organizers of Basalsa.

The concept of the event came through the work of a “diversity group,” he said. The committee – which included McBride and Councilman Chris Seldin, Latino leaders, police officers and Father Jose Saenz of St. Vincent Catholic Church – wanted to hold a party to “help bridge the gap between the gringo and Latino communities in Basalt and beyond and celebrate our diversity through music and dance,” McBride said.

The inaugural event last year attracted hundreds of revelers. This year’s event will feature live mariachi, a Latino DJ, a live salsa dancing demonstration and salsa lessons, pinatas, and food and soft drinks for sale. Taqueria El Nopal will sell tacos. English in Action, which connects English tutors with Spanish speakers, will sell soft drinks. Participants are allowed to bring their own libations to the park.

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