Wexford will be sizzling hot this May bank holiday weekend as the town gives itself over to Mariachi and mojitos! “Que”, you ask, “what gives?” It’s FIESTA time, ZorroFest 2013.
Zorrofest is a celebration of the life of 17th-century Wexfordian William Lamport, the “Irish Zorro”, and the many links between Ireland and Mexico.
It includes a performance by the Mariachi Band San Patricio alongside traditional Mexican dancers (baile folklórico), a concert of Spanish Classical Guitar music, a Mexican-inspired parade by Bui Bolg, lectures, a photography exhibition, children’s workshops, Mexican food, and much more.
The creator of Zorrofest is Karla O’Connell-Sanchez Zepeda. She reckons that the extraordinary life of William Lamport is too good not to celebrate especially, from her point of view as a Mexican living in Ireland, as it so strongly links Ireland to Mexico. “Who would have ever imagined that an Irish adventurer and poet would be so influential in Mexican history?
His avant-garde ideas and texts set the basis for what was to become an independent nation 2 centuries after Lamport’s death. A statue is dedicated to Mr. Lamport (Guillén de Lombardo) at the base of one of the most important monuments in Mexico City: La Columna de Independencia?
The life and adventures of William Lamport were arguably one of the strongest inspirations for the story of the swashbuckling caped and masked El Zorro.
This May Bank Holiday come join Wexford in our Mexican Zorro-esque “fiesta”.