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Mariachi Festival Sounds Off in Riverside

Music and dancing comes to Fairmount Park

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    Mariachi Festival Sounds Off in Riverside
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    Music and dancing are planned for the 5th annual Riverside Mariachi Festival at Fairmount Park.

    The festival gets under way at 3 p.m., Saturday, with a performance by the nationally recognized Reyna de Los Angeles, an all-female mariachi group.

    Ballet folklorico performances are scheduled. A cultural heritage celebration will feature arts and crafts, traditional foods and outdoor entertainment, according to the Riverside Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, which organized the festival.

    Sponsors include the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Riverside Downtown Partnership.

    Admission for adults is $15. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.