Latin music, Mexican treats await during downtown Latrobe’s Fiesta Fourth

If you can’t wait until Cinco de Mayo, the merchants of downtown Latrobe are offering a Fiesta Fourth from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday.

It’s a South of the Border twist to the business district’s monthly Shop Hop events, when participating retailers stay open later than usual with special offers and themed treats and activities.

Weather permitting, Trio Nova will perform a blend of Latin music in the parklet at Main and Ligonier streets. The group has performed at such Allegheny County venues as La Palapa Mexican Cuisine and Mezcal Bar in Pittsburgh and Azul Bar y Cantina in Leetsdale.

Its musical repertoire includes salsa, cumbia, mambo, tango, bossa nova and Latin jazz.

“We were looking for a band that had a more culturally diverse array of festive music for our theme,” said Latrobe merchant and Shop Hop founder Emily Pasqualino. “I reached out, and they were happy to play. They don’t normally come out this way.”

Some Shop Hop locations will offer games and prizes, according to Pasqualino. Visitors are encouraged to get into the spirit of the event by coming in a sombrero.

“We are always looking for fun and unique ways to encourage our community to support Latrobe’s small businesses, and we hope our fiesta-themed Shop Hop Night accomplishes just that,” said Michael Tusay, Latrobe Art Center executive director and one of the event coordinators .

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter .

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