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Festival de la Monarca – East Chicago Indiana

     Each fall as temperatures begin to drop in North America, iconic orange-and-black monarch butterflies fill the skies. They travel up to 100 miles per day as they make their way south, primarily to the oyamel fir forests of Michoacán, Mexico.
Eastern monarchs travel 3,000 miles, connecting Canadian, U.S. and Mexican communities, inspiring us with their endurance and courage.
     Bring your family and friends on Saturday, September 17 to the 5th annual Festival de la Monarca and help us welcome the monarch butterflies as they journey to Michoacán. It’s FREE and open to all!
     This festival—which also coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States—invites you to celebrate the beautiful monarch butterfly with your East Chicago community members with fun activities, music, art, dance, and food.
Festival Activities Include:
     Danza de Los Viejitos (Dance of the Elders): Ritualistically performed by the elders of the Purépecha people—the wisest of the community—and offered to the Old God to receive good harvests, this dance is now a tradition performed by people of all ages wearing white blanket pants and shirt, a sarape, cane, huaraches with wooden soles, a straw hat decorated with ribbon and masks with pink, smiling elderly faces.
     Baile Folklórico: These traditional cultural dances are performed throughout Mexico, Central America, and parts of the US. While each region has its own cultural twist based on local folklore, the steps and style of dance are similar. Across Mexico, traditional bailes include a general set of steps called zapateados, which involves percussive heel-stomping.
     Aztec Dance: Aztec Dance originated as pre-Hispanic ritual dances meant to worship the gods and stay connected to nature. Dancers would arrange themselves in large circles and place offerings in the center. Aztec Dance is performed to a percussive rhythm, and dancers wear headdresses with long feathers, which are nature’s prized gifts in the Aztec culture.
     Mariachi: This genre of music dates back to the 18th century, growing in popularity in the countryside of regions in Mexico. It features violins, trumpets, a guitar, a vihuela, and an acoustic bass guitar. Its rise in popularity and evolution of modern Mariachi is due to the migration of people from rural areas to states like Jalisco.
     Turning trash to treasures! Join the artist known as Piloto as he teaches you how to make a hummingbird out of trash.
     Butterfly releases—Be there as the monarchs begin their long journey south!

This event is organized by The Nature Conservancy and is sponsored, in part, by Mayor Anthony Copeland and the City of East Chicago. TNC is also grateful for all partners who make this possible including Audubon Great Lakes, the Field Museum, Save the Dunes, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, and the Gibson Woods Chapter of Wild Ones.

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.