GEORGETOWN — With all due respect to Bruce Springsteen, Aurelio Fernandez was the “boss” Sunday in downtown Georgetown.
Flags from his native Mexico were raised throughout the huge crowd as Mr. Fernandez, guitarist and singer, along with two Los Amigos del Jefe bandmates, sent popular Latin music echoing along North Race Street during Maxima Hispanic Fest 2021.
This was the third Georgetown Hispanic festival performance for Mr. Fernandez, part of the Los Amigos del Jefe (meaning “friends of the boss”) trio based in the Philadelphia area.
“For three years … this is No. 3. It is very, very nice,” said Mr. Fernandez. “The epidemic … we missed one last year. The Mexican music — always with all the Hispanic people — all the music is nice for the festivities like today.”
Other internationally famous and local groups and artists graced the stage during the eight-hour extravaganza, which transformed North Race Street in Georgetown into a mass of humanity.
Many people patronized the dozens of food, non-alcoholic drink and cool treat vendors.
Huge crowds gathered in the street and on grassy areas near the stage to hear performances by artists with ties to countries throughout Latin America.
Presented by The Voice Radio Network, Maxima Hispanic Fest 2021’s mission was to appreciate and celebrate diversity of Hispanic cultural heritage on Delmarva.
“Big crowd. Great lineup of artists. A lot of food from seven different countries,” said Kevin Andrade, president/CEO of The Voice Radio Network. “We want to thank everyone. All communities, all races, everyone from every single town has showed up today as well. We don’t know how many people yet … but thousands of people came.”
Latin cuisine offerings weren’t the only item on vendor menus. There was information on education, job/employment opportunities, social and legal services, arts and crafts and public health, including free blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar checks, along with COVID vaccinations, offered at Beebe Healthcare’s booth.
There was another huge Hispanic festival held in Georgetown on Sunday, at the Sandhill Fields sports complex.
Georgetown Mayor Bill West attended both, noting each drew thousands of people in a pre-kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
“They were both great successes for bringing people together and displaying food talent and musical talent,” said Mayor West. “This was a great opportunity to have the Hispanic community celebrate their heritage with music and food.