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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at Loco for Love Festival


This is a special year for Hispanic Heritage. Two hundred years ago, in 1819, Florida started a long transition from Spanish provincia to US territory. What did our ancestors think about this milestone in Florida’s history? How did Hispanic people dine, duel, dance, and entertain themselves with dramas in Spanish La Florida? Can we still taste, touch, smell, see, and hear how Hispanic Heritage crossed paths with English-speaking traditions in Florida hundreds of years ago?


Yes, we can! The Loco for Love Festival brings you face to face with Spanish La Florida, through puppet shows, parades, plays, paella, and a pony from Florida’s Spanish past – three days of free family fun, just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.


Here are some highlights from the schedule of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage in Florida by singing Happy 200th Birthday to Florida Territory, cheering Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) as he wrestles with Shakespeare (author of Romeo & Juliet) for the title of World Champion Storyteller, and joining the Costume Parade as your favorite character from Florida history.


¡Viva la Florida!


Loco for Love Festival 2019



Friday, September 13

Welcome to Spanish Florida

6:00 p.m. Parade (RR Square)

6:30 p.m. Cervantes & Shakespeare (Breezeway & Schnittman)

6:30 p.m. Dragoncillo Puppet Show (Schnittman)

7:30 p.m. Paella & Piffaro (Breezeway & Greenspace)

8:00 p.m. Capricho (Mainstage)

8:30 p.m. El Muerto (Masonbrick)

9:00 p.m. Tallahassee Salsa (Schnittman)


Saturday, Sept 14

Activities for Kids of All Ages

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Crafts, Puppets, Games (Breezeway)

Spanish Florida through the eyes of Don Quixote

11:00 a.m. Parade (RR Square)

11:15 a.m. Cervantes & Shakespeare (Mainstage)

11:30 a.m. Courtesy & Combat (Mainstage)

12:00 noon Dragoncillo Puppet Troupe (Schnittman)

1:00 p.m. Shakespearosaurus (Schnittman to Breezeway)

Meet Don Quixote puppets, Don Quixote Quest 

1:30 p.m. Quixóteres on video (Schnittman) 


Florida through the eyes of Romeo & Juliet

2:00 p.m. Parade (RR Square)

2:15 p.m. Cervantes & Shakespeare (Breezeway)

2:30 p.m. Dragoncillo Puppet Workshop (Breezeway)

2:30 p.m. Loco for Love on video (Schnittman)

3:00 p.m. Nena Couch Masqued Ball (Schnittman)

3:30 p.m. Capulets and Montagues (Schnittman)

Shakespearosaurus escorts workshop participants to Schnittman

4:30 p.m. Cavano & Fisher sword fight demonstration (Schnittman) 

5:00 p.m. Dragoncillo Puppet Troupe (Schnittman)

6:00 p.m. Charles Santiago guitar (Breezeway)


Happy 200th Birthday, Florida Territory

6:30 p.m. Parade (RR Square)

6:45 p.m. Cervantes & Shakespeare (Breezeway)

7:00 p.m. Nena & Idy & Claudia & Russell (Breezeway)

Diplomatic Dances from George Washington’s Days

8:00 p.m. Diana Reigelsperger: Families in the Florida Territory (Schnittman)

8:30 p.m. Florida for Sale (Mainstage)

9:00 p.m. Cristyl Palacio teaching salsa dancing (Breezeway)


Sunday, September 15

Activities for Kids of All Ages

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Crafts, Puppets, Games (Breezeway)

Florida, Territory of Discovery

11:00 a.m. KariOetry: set a sonnet to music (Schnittman & Breezeway)

11:30 a.m. Esther Fernández: Holy Puppets (Schnittman)

12:00 noon El retablo on video (Schnittman)

12:30 p.m. Florida for Sale (Mainstage & Breezeway)

1:00 p.m. Battens:  Florida Fusion Food (Breezeway & Greenspace)

1:30 p.m. Piffaro: Musical World of Quixote (Schnittman)


Florida, Once and Future

2:00 p.m. Costume Parade – Dress as your Favorite Figure from Florida History!

2:30 p.m. Dressing Mrs. Onís (Schnittman)

3:00 p.m. Capulets and Montagues (Schnittman)

4:00 p.m. Russell Almond (Breezeway)

4:30 p.m. El muerto (Breezeway & Masonbrick)

5:00 p.m. Adios, Amigos (Breezeway & Masonbrick)

Visit the Cottages

            Musical instruments & Don Quixote’s library


            Puppets:  Don Quixote 3D puppets

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