Los Tigres Del Norte to highlight city’s annual festival

San Juan City Manager Benjamin Arjona stands in front of a sign announcing Los Tigres Del Norte following a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 in San Juan. (Francisco E. Jimenez/ The Monitor)

The city has announced the lineup for their annual Noche de Paz, which will include a special musical guest.

During a news conference at the San Juan Memorial Library on Wednesday afternoon, the city announced the theme of the event will be “A Christmas in Candyland,” and will feature multi-Grammy award winning norteño group Los Tigres Del Norte.

The San Jose, California, natives will be headlining a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 21.

“We feel very great,” said San Juan Mayor Mario Garza following the announcement. “This is something that the City of San Juan has never had, that I remember. People are going to be very excited. I know that for a fact. This is a free event. We’re just out here promoting it, and we want the whole community to come out and enjoy themselves on December 21.”

Garza said he anticipates the event will attract people from all over the Rio Grande Valley, as well as visitors from across the border.

“This will set precedence for the rest of the municipalities,” Garza said. “I know for a fact that we’re going to draw a big group, not only from the city of San Juan, but from all over the Rio Grande Valley. We’re going to get people from Mexico to come and enjoy themselves.”

The mayor announced the festivities, which will include a Christmas tree standing more than 70 feet tall.

The festivities will begin Friday, Dec. 20, with a barbecue cookoff beginning at 2 p.m., followed by a carnival from 5 to 11 p.m.

The festivities will continue Saturday, Dec. 21, with the judging of the barbecue cookoff at 8 a.m. The carnival will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be available from 3 to 11 p.m.

A parade is scheduled for 6 p.m., and will begin at the San Juan City Hall on Nebraska Ave., and end at the San Juan Municipal Park, where the festivities will be held.