¡Parranda! is a cultural celebration highlighting the diversity and vivacity of Latin America. Characterized by Latin sights, sounds, and flavors from places like Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina, this historical Baylor tradition attracts the Baylor and Waco communities. ¡Parranda! immersescommunity members in the diverse cultures of Central and South America through its cuisine, art, music, and performances. Together we will grow the community's appreciation for diversity, fostering a sense of unity through interdependence.

The echoes of the pounding tambores (drums), the sweet cinnamon fragrance of buñuelos, and the iridescent canopies of the Amazon - listen, smell, and see the experience. Excited now?

Take a journey through Latin America and be surrounded by the banks of the Paraguay River, reefs of the Galapagos, and artisan marketplaces of Raquirá. Engage all your senses through Baylor University's largest Latino festival in history. 

The Hispanic Student Association's historic ¡Fiesta! is now a collaborative Latino and Pan-American experience known as ¡Parranda!. In conjunction with Baylor Activities Council, this event is being presented by the Latino community and features: 

  • Grupo Kache, the Latino music band that will get you movin’
  • Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company, an internationally-recognized dance group
  • Paseo Latino, a journey-tunnel through modern Latin America 

(Festival Latino is a collaborative effort between HSA, LatinX Coalition, Latinas Unidas, Kappa Delta Chi, Gamma Alpha Omega, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. and Phi Iota Alpha. Our purpose is to leave a long lasting legacy that the Baylor Latino community can embrace and foster. Our goals are to create an environment of understanding amongst the various cultures that exist in the Baylor community.)

The festival will celebrate the various cultures by presenting the beauty in their differences so that we everyone may learn to "love thy neighbor" (Mark 12:31) as we are taught so that we may accurately represent the christian values that Baylor promotes. The lectures will feature speakers who embody the characteristics of Pan-American leadership that we strive to plant in our community. Finally, the concert will bring the community together using music as a vehicle for union and fellowship.