We headed to the Westside of Tucson to spend an afternoon at the 12th annual Fiesta Grande. Fiesta Grande is a non-profit organization. The funds collected are used to support scholarships, equipment and activities for children and the Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association. These funds also lend support to the local schools and community programs at El Rio Neighborhood Center, local churches, and assistance for the elderly. It’s a two day celebration filled with live music, multiple Dj’s spinning their favorites, rides, vendors and plenty of food. This year Saturday was hit or miss with high winds and rain. According to one friend, many vendors packed up and left for the day. As the late afternoon weather cleared, many of the neighborhood people spent the evening eating and celebrating. Sunday was perfect!
I love driving or walking along Grande Ave. As you explore Barrio Hollywood, you escape into the beautiful and rich Hispanic culture of Tucson.
A Tucson tradition for more than 40 years, Pat’s has won a devoted following with its tasty chili dogs (served in both mild and extra-spicy variations) and hand-diced, french-fried potatoes. It’s part of the culinary delights of Barrio Hollywood!
At the American Legion, Post 59, you found the members raising money for their projects selling tacos, beer and more. There was also a huge display of Harley’s! Each meticulously clean and ready to hit the road.
The Post was also supporting a fundraiser to send a Folklorica group to Rio de Janerio.
Live entertainment to entice the crowd to dance. Here’s the Waila band Gertie and the T.O. Boyz, from the Tohono O’odham Reservation near Tucson. Gertie is the only female of the T.O. Nation to lead a waila band, bandleaders being an occupation previously reserved only for men. When you learn this group is going to be playing, you know you’re in for some great music. Waila music is another wonderful part of our Southwestern heritage.
Cars, cars and more cars. Several car clubs have the best of the best lined along the street. What’s a car festival without low riders and hydraulics! I need to add riding in one of these to my bucket list.
What was under the hood and/or in the trunk is just as fascinating. Look how meticulous and shiny they have everything. Makes me want to take my car out only under the cover of darkness!
There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too.
The food! Here’s red chile frybread we would normally need to make a trip to San Xavier to enjoy. You need plenty of napkins to go with this shredded beef, delicious frybread and perfect heat of the red chile. So yummy.
Mom’s Tacos, a must stop. Love these traditional tacos!
Look at this yumminess. Perfect little beef patty deep fried in a corn tortilla with lettuce, salsa and cheese. There is nothing better than a traditional beef taco, freshly made. Oh my. have I told you how much we love Mom’s tacos?
Time to head home. As we depart, we discover this unique way to be taken to your final resting place.
Fiesta Grand, a weekend filled with the taste and sounds of our Southwest culture. You can’t find a weekend like this any place else but on our Tucson Westside. If you haven’t been, think about heading this way next April. It’s free and the money raised goes towards good causes.
What kind of festivals do you enjoy? Please share with the rest of our readers so we can discover new things too. Thanks for spending some time with me today.