Juarez To Honor Juan Gabriel With Festival, Officials Invite U.S. Residents
Well, if you have been living under a rock these past few days or if you’re a smart human that stays away from the local news then you may have missed the news of all the violence that has been occurring in our sister city, Ciudad Juarez.
In the past week and over the weekend Juarez experienced widespread attacks on not only innocent civilians but local businesses were attacked as well.
As a result of these attacks of violence, 11 locals were killed and numerous local businesses were forced to shut their doors to avoid any violence from occurring at their businesses.
Despite the violence Juarez has been dealing with, Juarez officials are hopeful that they can continue to promote Juarez as a “Safe city” again and they are inviting U.S. residents to a festival to honor Mexican music legend, Juan Gabriel.
The “Juangabrielisimo” festival will celebrate the life and legacy of the late singer, Juan Gabriel. The festival will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 21st. The parade will happen along Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar in Juarez.
The following week, locals and U.S. residents are invited to a concert at Plaza De La Mexicanidad also known as the big red “X.”
At a news conference Tuesday at the Mexican consulate in El Paso, Juarez officials stated that they are hopeful that U.S. residents will not let fear prevent them from joining this festival and they hope that this event can help to promote Juarez as a safe destination.
Juarez Tourism Director Jacqueline Armendariz acknowledged that drug violence tarnishes the city’s image but rarely affects visitors.
“We want to bring back the days when many visitors could be seen walking our streets, shopping at the market, having a good time,” said Juarez Tourism Director Jacqueline Armendariz.
Armendariz went on to say that despite the violent attacks on the city, they will not give up on promoting the beautiful city of Juarez.