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Latin style "Block Party" or "Parranda" in Tampa

F.I.C.S. Multicultural Center

6704 Hanley road · Tampa, FL

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I'll give out my cell before the event, but it'll be easy to find me

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Hey everyone

There is a "parranda" or a block-party going on this weekend at F.I.C.S, a local non-profit that helps at-risk youth in the Tampa Bay area.

The block-party celebrates Latino cultures, music, food, and art. They will be having ethnic foods by parents from our free after school program, and performances from various cultural dance groups.

FICS puts on a fest filled with festive entertainment by cute and talented kids, authentic international cuisine and all-around good vibes. At the Parranda, you can mix and mingle while tasting food from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico and being entertained by young breakdancers, drum and performing arts groups.

Here is the Press Release that was sent out last week:


Tampa, FL: Just five years ago, Town n Country had no community-wide outlet to celebrate its large – and growing – Latino heritage. Today, this event has grown into a family-oriented Latin street festival which we are calling the Fifth Annual Town n Country Parranda, hosted by the Florida Institute for Community Studies (FICS) at 6704 Hanley Road, Tampa FL 33634.

Starting at 1 PM and going to 5 PM, this year’s event is larger and better than previous years, with offerings of Latin foods, giveaways, health screenings, dance and conga lessons. This event is held during the Tampa Hillsborough Hispanic Heritage Festival and it also marks the annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (10/15/2013). This year's theme is “Commit to Speak”/“Comprométete a Hablar”. FICS conducts FREE HIV testing YEAR ROUND in Town n Country through a partnership with FL Department of Health.

The Florida Department of Health will provide FREE HIV/AIDS/STD testing and other health screenings during the event. We have some space for other vendors. This year, back by popular demand, the Grupo Quisqueya, Dominican Association of Tampa will provide folkloric dance along with breakdancers and Latin Dancing. Sponsors and donors include: Tampa Bay Times, TECO, Rent King, Chili’s on Hillsborough, Starbucks, Starbucks, Total Wine, Cason Photography, Fademasters, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, and A&B Insurance. It’s free but there are fees for food and drinks! Nonprofit partners include the Hillsborough County Library system, Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance/SWAT and Jackson Springs Recreation Center. Gift certificates are being raffled off so get there early! Parents will be making homemake delicacies from their home countries to give away as tasty samples.

Town n Country is one of the most diverse areas of the state. We invite you to experience this one of a kind event, which includes something for everyone. Join us Saturday October 12, 2013 from 1-5 pm for a fully packed afternoon in recognition of the diversity of Latino cultures in Tampa Bay. Raindate is October 28,2013.

Please call ahead to[masked] if you are press interested in covering the event. If you are interested in sponsorship contact Jose Bendana at[masked]. The Florida Institute for Community Studies (FICS) is a statewide non-profit dedicated to partnering with communities to help them achieve their goals through research, services, education and training. -End -