May 23 2012 12:00 AM

Annual Cristo Rey Fiesta celebrates Hispanic culture


In the summer of 1979, people were reading “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet” and Peter Benchley´s “The Island,” watching Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” and Barbra Streisand and Ryan O´Neal in “The Main Event” and roller skating to Chic’s “Good Times” and the Bee Gees’ “Love You Inside Out.” Meanwhile, Cristo Rey Church was launching its first fiesta.

The annual event continues this weekend, featuring Tejano and salsa music, Hispanic and Latin American dishes, a raffle, a cake walk and more.

“We emphasize Hispanic culture,” said fiesta chairman Jose Manuel Estrada. “We have a marketplace where vendors come in to sell their wares, mainly arts and crafts and jewelry produced by Hispanic labor.”

A variety of food and drink will be available, including tacos, enchiladas and menudo, plus a beer tent for the adults and a cotton candy stand for the kids, Estrada said.

The fiesta is open to everyone, but Estrada said parents should be aware of a policy that´s being put into place this year: “No one under the age of 18 will be allowed in without a parent or adult relative,” he said. It´s an attempt to discourage parents from dropping off children for lengthy stays.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy a good meal and some good music,” Estrada said.

Cristo Rey Fiesta

Cristo Rey Church

201 West Miller Road, Lansing

4-11 p.m. Friday, May 25;

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 26; outdoor Mass from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 27, with the festival beginning immediately afterward and continuing until 7 p.m.

$5; 12 and under free

(517) 394-4639