Entertainers, including folkloric and contemporary dance troupes and a Mariachi group, performed at the Levy Center in Evanston Thursday night.
Jalisco, the home of Mariachi, is a state in the central Western part of Mexico and also home to Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara.
Fedejal, the cultural organization sponsoring the event, seeks “to continue with our traditions and our culture, sharing it with our youth, other people from town and people who don’t know,” the group’s president, Judith De La Mora, said.
De La Mora, who is originally from a town called Tepatitlan in Jalisco, spoke to the crowd, thanking the mayor for allowing them to share a little bit of Jalisco, Mexico.
One Evanston resident came “to enjoy the presentation and share in the talent of the singers and dancers from Jalisco,” Fortino Leon of Evanston said he turned out to “share in the talent of the singers and dancers” and said, “I’m hoping more of these to come.”
Wearing colorful dresses and big hair bows, smiling kids were walking to each member of the crowd with colorful, opened piñatas and offering each Mexican candy.
Alderman Ann Rainey said that the city is already talking to the president of Fedejal, planning for next year’s Jalisco in Evanston.