On March 23, mostly Gringo ANA co-hosted our first bilingual, bicultural celebration of international friendship with mostly Mexican sister association Viejo Vallarta (part of Emiliano Zapata) at the Lions Club, and it was a blast.

Over 300 guests sampled great food provided by 40 top Vallarta restaurants and caterers, accompanied by Mariachi music.  Margaritas flowed freely, along with goodwill, as Mexicans, Canadians and U.S. citizens dined and drank together, enjoying some amazing folkloric dancing, as well as Act II Stages star Brittany Kingery, who channeled Linda Ronstadt’s Cansiones De Mi Padre.

The event took in 88,000 pesos.   After expenses, the money will be used by ANA and Viejo Vallarta to purchase a pair of pressure-washers to clean our respective areas’ streets and sidewalks – goodbye nasty street stains and odors, hello, cleanliness!