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If there's one thing that Entrerrians spend money on, it's weed. And in Paraná there is the feast of the mate to witness it.
It's a hard record to beat . But in the capital of Entrerriana there is never a lack of thermos under the arm and mate in hand during family walks. They are also not absent from friends' conversations. Not even in the couple sitting on the benches looking at the river. Or in university classrooms between teachers and students. More than a practice, a whole culture . How can we not honor him and love him? Fortunately, there were those who felt the same thing and wanted to commemorate so many good times with a celebration. In this way, every summer takes place the National Festival of Mate . The date most longed for by the locals and the one that can not miss.
The months of its realization varied as well as its functioning. Sometimes it took place in January, sometimes in February, or in March. But always in summer . With the heat of dusk and the coast blowing next door . There, it is possible to notify a crowd that descends from the ravines and appears from all possible visual points. The low waterfront is filled with people, the aroma of rich choripans arouse hunger, and children run unceasingly. Younger people fall into groups and big ones have their ideal excuse to have fun. It is three days of a weekend in which the city vibrates to the rhythm of tradition.
Its origins are merely neighborhood. In the mid-1980s , militants José Cáceres and Luis “Pacha” Rodríguez created the Civil Association “Community Solidarity Center” . This was located in the Presidente Perón district. The goal was to crystallize a celebration dedicated to one of our most endearing traditions: mate . The organization of the event was possible with the help of neighbors who volunteered. Thanks to this, the first edition took place in 1988 with the Echagüe club as its venue.
From there, the festival achieved its validity, taking place year by year in different local spaces, as the public grew. In 1989, it was carried out in the space of the former Bus Terminal. Other places were the sports field of the Talleres club and the Atletico Paraná club. By 1995 he had already received the title of National Festival . Finally, the space of the Plaza de las Collectividades was chosen on the lower waterfront, where it is developed until today .
In 2001 , the Board of Directors of the Community Centre decided to transfer the festival to the municipal orbit . An aspect that remains to this day. In this way, both are responsible for managing the meeting together so that it continues to pass generations. Then, every year the lights light up on the Luis Pacha Rodríguezstage . It bears its name in tribute to its founder and is the center of the event with presentations by world-class artists.
Some of those who stepped on soil were El Chaco Palavecino, Jorge Rojas, Teresa Parodi, Los de Iguamaré and Luciano Pereyra. Also, Miss Bolivia, La Delio Valdez, Los Palmeras, Sol Makena, No You Will Gustar and Los Authentic Decadentes, among many others. Under this line, the variety of musical genres take prominence and do not distinguish between ages and tastes. In addition, important local bands participate and the National Festival of Mate Ballet constantly presents new proposals to delight the attendees.
Publication Date: 17/10/2020
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