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Latino Fest Boise 2015

Saturday, Sept. 12

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According to the United States Census Bureau, Idaho's "Hispanic or Latino population" topped 11.8 percent in 2013. The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, however, puts that number at 12.02 percent, or 196,502 people.

The numbers don't lie: Latino and Hispanic communities in Idaho are vibrant and booming. To celebrate that fact—and in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 15—the Consulate of Mexico will host Latino Fest Boise 2015, bringing an evening of food, dance performances and music to the Basque Block.

Bands include Mexico City-based Gliese 229; Latin rockers Special Reserve; flamenco and rumba from locals Shimi Tree; and DJ Giovanni playing salsa, bachata, merengue and more.