Expecting Salsa, Might Get Jesus

So, over the past few weeks, I’ve seen signs pop up over Arlington for DC Festival with Luis Palau. Signs on busses in DC, roadside advertising, all manner of things. I was excited, thinking “Oh sweet, Latin music is the theme of some sort of giant community festival on the Mall, how exciting! I can’t wait!”

Fortunately I went to go look at the website before just showing up expecting latin rhythms and awesome dancing.

It’s not a celebration of Latin music at all. It’s the equivalent of a giant tent-meeting on the Mall, featuring Luis Palau, a famous evangelical Christian minister. I’ve now seen him referred to as “the Latin Billy Graham,” who travels the country with a skateboard park, BMX bicyclers and Christian Rock Bands like tobyMac, Third Day and CeCe Winans.

If you were thinking, like I was, “Sweet! Latin music!” you will not get what you are expecting. If you were thinking “I totally wanna see some sweet skating for Jesus” then you’re in the right ballpark.

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