Aurora’s Fiestas Patrias celebration brought in almost three times as many people this year compared to the past several years.
That was the word from organizers this week about the two-day celebration of Mexican culture earlier this month that included entertainment, food and a carnival at the Transportation Center parking lot at Spring and Lincoln streets, as well as a Sunday morning parade.
Dan Barreiro, Aurora’s chief community services officer and a Fiestas Patrias organizer, said the past two years, the event has been at RiverEdge Park. It brought in about 2,500 people a day, roughly between 4,500 and 5,000 for the entire event.
This year, about that many attended the first day on Sept. 15, with another about 10,000 people attending on Sept. 16, making the entire attendance about 15,000 for the two days.
“We’re very happy,” Barreiro told Aurora aldermen at this week’s Committee of the Whole meeting. “Behind the scenes, there were a lot of things unanticipated. But it was by all means a success.”
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