(WINDSOR, ON) – On Saturday a Latin beat filled the city’s shortest street, downtown’s Maiden Lane, for the third running of Windsor’s summertime Fiesta Latina. Master of Ceremonies Adebina Trottier told The Square that the street party has many more Venezuelans this year than usual.
With the South American country enduring the highest inflation rate in the world and political instability, there has been a noticeable increase in immigrants landing in Canada. And, many of them turned up at the Lane to enjoy the day.
While Latin music was a mainstay of the one day event, there was also some very familiar North American sounds; at least from Sal Saxaphone.
Sal mixed in hits from Chicago and Abba to round out his one hour set. Born in El Salvador, Saxaphone, his show business name, actually studied a number of instruments as a student musician before immigrating to Canada, where he has lived for over two decades.
Rounding out the night time part of the full-day program, London Ontario’s Latin Power Band got many in the audience onto their feet, dancing to the energetic music.
The event, sponsored by the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association, did nicely, as expected. It attracted people into the core to enjoy what the area has to offer.
In total, Trottier estimated 500 where in the Lane. They included not only those with homelands or other links to Latin America, but a good representation of Windsor’s diverse population base.