Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Society will celebrate its 35th annual Isleños Festival March 19-20, 2011 on the grounds of Los Isleños Museum Complex, 1345-1357 Bayou Road in St. Bernard Village. The Isleño Historic Village, situated in the rear of Los Isleños Museum, will be the setting for an expanded series of living history demonstrations, featuring folk crafts, historic vernacular lifestyles and the cultural identity of the Isleño descendants community in St. Bernard Parish.
La Parranda de Teror, a highly recognized folkloric group from the city of Teror in Gran Canaria will perform March 19th and 20th during Fiesta 2011.
Los Islenos Historic Village consists of seven structures. The Coconut Island Barroom, Estopinal House and Kitchen, Esteves House and Cresap-Caserta are historic structures which were re-located to the museum complex by Los Isleños Society. Each building and the surrounding grounds will be utilized for displays which will include farming, alligator hunting, trapping, boat building, trawl making, basket weaving, Teneriffe lace making and quilting. The Isleño\Center will be the site of presentations interpreting the Isleño cultural identity including folk remedies, traditional Isleño cuisine, historic farming and the Battle of New Orleans.
La Parranda de Teror is a well known folkloric group consisting of more than 30 musicians and vocalists. The group emulates the style of Los Sabandenos from Tenerife. La Parranda is currently celebrating its 21st year and has performed in prestigious folk music festivals throughout the mainland of Spain and Western Europe. Their repertoire of music ranges from the very traditional isas, folias, polkas and mazurkas of the Canaries to New Orleans Jazz.
Parish President Craig Taffaro and Isleño Society President Dot Benge will open Fiesta 2011 Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 12 noon . Entertainment will include, Fredy Omar Con su Banda, LA Parranda de Teror and Way Down South. Sunday, March 20 entertainment will include the Chalmette High School Jazz Band, La Parranda de Teror and the Top Cats. For additional information, please telephone Isleño Society President Dot Benge (504) 554-8412, Fiesta Chairman Hugh Pentney (504) 251-2040, Ryan Fink, publicity coordinator, Los Islenos Society (504) 650-1010, email@example.com or Karen Turni Bazile, St. Bernard Parish Government (504) 278-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. – From their website: http://www.losislenos.org/newsletter.html