KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 4/17/11, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Margaret McKenna, President, Barrio Hollywood Neghborhood Assn., and Miguel Ortega, a Fiesta Grande volunteer. Fiesta Grande is a celebration of Tucson's West Side culture and history of Barrio Hollywood.

McKenna says Barrio Hollywood is five minutes northwest of Tucson's historic downtown, bordered by Grande Avenue. She says it is one of Tucson's oldest neighborhoods. She says the fiesta came about the year following a giant sinkhole prevented easy access to the Barrio from West Speedway Blvd. She says the fiesta is a tribute to the resilience of the residents and businesses who persevered through months of construction.

Ortega says the festival starts with a parade with floats and color guard. He says there will be an exhibit of historical murals project, ferris wheels and games, along with two days of live music, a car show, arts and crafts, lots of delicious food and beverages. He says the event is free and is open to everyone, not just the neighborhood residents. 

McKenna says funds raised during the event, May 7-8, will be used to support the activities of the Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association. She says these include scholarships for neighborhood students, support to the local schools for much-needed equipment, support for community activities and programs at El Rio Neighborhood Center and to local churches, and for assistance for the elderly.