By Toni DeLuca Bakal for JOO3A
The Indio International Tamale Festival took place on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, where eight students who are part of the KCOD crew emceed four of the five entertainment stages. The festival was a jam-packed extravaganza of fun, delicious tamales, tons of food options, shopping and all-day entertainment. Visitors enjoyed live music on five stages, as well as dancing shows including traditional Folklorico dancing and line dancing, as well as cheer groups.
The Tamale Festival is listed as one of the Food Network’s top 10 “All-American Food Festivals,” and has been a holiday tradition since 1992. Every kind of tamale imaginable was readily available, along with carnival rides, games, contests, a parade and more. Admission was free to the public with plenty of parking available at the event.
The KCOD crew that emceed the four stages include Joe McDaniel and Cat Pereria at the Amigo Stage, Alex Winner and Manny Gomez at the Fiesta Stage, Ray Guzman, John Martinez and Christina Minjarez on the Sunset Stage, and Ryan Zigler and Maribel Ramirez on the Community Stage.
“I am so excited to have been one of the emcees at the Tamale Festival this weekend. Between presenting the performers, eating lots of tamales and hanging out with the amazing KCOD crew! Really, what more could I ask for?” said Alex Winner, KCOD’s News Director.
“I was excited to feed off of the audience’s energy and loved to rock the crowd” said Cat Pereria, KCOD’s Music Director. Pereria co-emceed the Amigo Stage with KCOD Sports DJ Joe McDaniel, who said, “I am super excited to have emceed the Tamale Festival this weekend, I couldn’t wait to liven up the crowd and get them pumped about the performers.”
KCOD is proud of the crew for getting together to do what they love and help out at the Tamale Festival. Check out KCOD on Tunein radio online at www.tunein.com under KCOD Radio or like KCOD Radio on Facebook.