43rd annual Borderfest celebrates India

BorderFest 2019

HIDALGO — BorderFest 2019 salutes India as part of its 43rd annual festivities.

The four-day event will honor Indian culture and feature an array of performances and musical lineups.

The community-wide event is held every year on the first weekend of March and staged by the city of Hidalgo.

The festivities begin tonight with the “I Love the ‘90s” tour. The concert featured Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, Kid N’ Play, Rob Base and other artists from the ‘90s. That concert is not included in the price for the fairgrounds admission.

On Friday, Hidalgo city officials will participate in the traditional abrazo at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The abrazo, or hug, is meant to display the sisterhood between the cities of Hidalgo and Reynosa. Dignitaries from both sides of the border will meet in the middle of the international bridge to exchange gifts and kind words. Then, the event will spill over into Reynosa with attendees walking a short distance to a town square, where there will be square dancing and other performances.

Attendees enjoy themselves at the 41st annual BorderFest at State Farm Arena on March 5, 2017, in Hidalgo. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

Banda MS, a Mexican band from Mazatlan, will perform Friday and Saturday night in the indoor stage, which is also not included in the fairgrounds’ price. The band’s performance on Friday is already sold out.

On the outdoor stages, Juanes, Prince Royce and Ramon Ayala will perform throughout the week. Those performances are included with the fairgrounds admission fee.

The three-day pass costs $25 and single-day tickets are priced at $15.

For the first time since the event’s inception, attendees will be able to purchase their tickets online at hidalgoborderfest.com. Those who prefer an in-person transaction can stop by the State Farm Hidalgo Arena box office or Hidalgo City Hall.

“Hidalgo Borderfest brings the community together in a fun and safe family environment, while at the same time educating its guests about another culture,” a news release from the city stated. “Each year, the festival has paid homage to a different country, bringing a bit of its culture and history to the Rio Grande Valley.”

The fairgrounds will feature a carnival and an array of vendors from across the region. And will also offer educational opportunities for young and old alike.

For more information, visit hidalgoborderfest.com.