A Little Piece of Home in Orlando

There are many things I love about living in Orlando, FL. Although the summers can be brutal with the heat and humidity, the beaches are nearby, everywhere you turn there are theme parks, attractions, and good restaurants, so there is always something to do. As my favorite time of the year is approaching, I try to do as many outdoor activities as I can. This includes the fall festivals and of course the Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. The festival is great for foodies and wine lovers. Not only do I go for the food, I go to visit one particular group of entertainers.

I grew up in a border city and was always exposed to Latin music. I danced Ballet Folklorico from ages 6 to 19, so Mariachi music was a part of my every day life. Every big event, birthday party, backyard party, wedding, graduation, or festival always had a Mariachi group performing. As a performer at EPCOT (many moons ago)  I was blessed to meet Mariachi Cobre. I say blessed, because I moved away from home with a group of friends at age 19 and was terribly homesick.  Meeting this group of musicians brought a little bit of home back to me and I am proud to say they have been a second family for over 17 years.

So now that the weather is cooling down, on Saturdays I pack up my baby girl (bottles, pacifiers, food, toys, umbrella, diapers, wipes, teethers, stroller, hat, sunblock, blanket, and anything else I can possibly think of that I really don’t need) and go catch a few of her dad’s shows who performs with Mariachi Cobre. I love that she will grow up around the music we both grew up with. To me, it’s all about exposing her to our Mexican culture and traditions even if we do live so far away from our hometowns.

The video is courtesy of www.worldofwalt.com – a great resource for those visiting the Orlando area.  The video was taken during the Cinco de Mayo festivities http://www.worldofwalt.com/mexico-cinco-de-mayo-2013.html

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