Kimberly Ortiz-Morales, 7, and her cousin Reyna Ortiz, 10, joke around before they and  some of their friends perform a special dance at the 12th annual Hispanic Cultural Awareness Festival on Saturday. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
Kimberly Ortiz-Morales, 7, and her cousin Reyna Ortiz, 10, joke around before they and some of their friends perform a special dance at the 12th annual Hispanic Cultural Awareness Festival on Saturday. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
The 13th annual Hispanic Cultural Awareness Festival set at the Broadway Fountain on Saturday will include food, dances, activities for children and information and history booths featuring Hispanic cultures.

The event, which will run from 4 to 9 p.m., will include a mariachi group, salsa music and dance lessons, as well as authentic Hispanic cuisine.

Admission is free.

Shirley Kloepfer, coordinator of La Casa Amiga, said the festival started as an awareness event for local residents.

"Many people think Spanish and think Mexico, but there are 21 countries that speak Spanish and each country has its own culture, music and food," she said.

Kloepfer estimated that there are about 2,000 Hispanic residents in Jefferson County, but added that La Casa Amiga serves residents in surrounding counties, as well. La Casa Amiga, now is its 10th year, is supported by the United Way of Jefferson County and Ohio Valley Opportunities.

Information booths about different countries including Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic will be hosted by school groups.

Local organizations will provide information about their services.

An immigration lawyer from Louisville will be on hand to discuss legal issues.

For the kids, there will be face painting, pinata making, and designs to make their own Day of the Dead masks.

Mayor Damon Welch will give the welcome for the event.

In case of rain, the festival will be moved to the Brown Gym.