Dance troupes from throughout the region will meet and compete during the fifth-annual Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition in historic Old Town San Diego. The annual three-day event will light up the main stage in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park during the last weekend of April and the first Saturday in May. Folklórico is a traditional Latin American dance that emphasizes local folk culture with ballet characteristics.

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On Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the children and adult groups will each have 25 minutes to perform their best dances, representing many different regional styles of ballet folklórico. One finalist from the children’s groups and two finalists from the adult groups will be selected to advance to the finals.

A week later, on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, the finalists will return to the state park during the Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo event to compete for the folklórico competition title and cash prizes.

The competition is free for the public to attend and will take place in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. There is free parking available all day on the weekends in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street, just two blocks from Fiesta de Reyes. For more information, visit http://www.fiestadereyes.com or call 619-297-3100.

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