In Monroe, the festival wont last nine days, but for a few hours today Las Posadas will be celebrated in traditional style with the tastes, smells and sounds of Central America.
Sponsored by the citys parks department and the nonprofit Northwest Latinos United, this Las Posadas celebration includes traditional music and dance featuring the Diamante de Jalisco dancers.
Visitors can try posole soup, a traditional Mexican soup made with pork and hominy, hot chocolate and Ponche Navideno, a traditional nonalcoholic hot punch that looks like bubbling fruit salad.
And for the kids there are pinatas.
Las Posadas runs from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Frank Wagner Elementary, 115 Dickinson Road, Monroe. This is a free, all-ages event. For more information, call La Talpita, 360-794-0566.
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