GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Fiesta Mexicana, Grand Rapids’ annual Mexican festival, looks to bring in unique performers every year to enlighten the crowd at Calder Plaza.
One of this year’s unique groups is Comparza La Pura Lumbre de Morelos, a dance troupe from Chicago that dresses up in colorful costumes. The dancers are known as Chinelos.
Chinelos dancing originated in the Mexican state of Morelos in the 1800s.
“It’s really cool,” said 12-year-old Brandon Ruiz, a member of the troupe. “I can show my tradition.”
Brandon learned the dance from his father, who also performs. He says dancing around