Rescheduled: Pachanga in the Park! 4th Annual, 10/4 5-11pm ~ Washington Park

2014-09-03_1222From shrimp cockails to flan to gorditas to chalupas to tamales, tortas and tacos, you can join a few thousand friends and neighbors and immerse yourself in the culinary, musical and family culture that is Port Isabel!

4th Annual Pachanga in the Park
Saturday, October 5, 2014

5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Washington Park (156 W. Madison St.)
Port Isabel, Texas

Now in its fourth year, the Pachanga in the Park was originally conceived by the Mayor and City Commission as a way to celebrate the Port Isabel park system. It does that and more. The idea of a park in that area of Port Isabel is visible as early as 1875 when the area was designated “Public Square” on a map filed with Cameron County. The park has been important to the community for well over a century. Washington Park (156 W. Madison St.) is in the heart of a residential section of Port Isabel and though located some three blocks south of Highway it would seem that Pachanga in the Park is one part location and two parts food and fun.

Food for foodies and if you’re just plain hungry.

Vendor coordinator, Jeannie Flores (Port Isabel Museum Director), is tasked with culling out the duplicate food offerings. Got tamales? What makes them different? What type of banana leaf are they served in? Each food vendor is challenged to serve a distinctive dish. A quick survey reflects that many of the recipes made their way to Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area generations ago and the most prominent state represented is Durango.

And of course, festival favorites like spiral potatoes and kettle corn and funnel cakes are right at home at the Pachanga in the Park. There will also be rides for the kiddies.

2014-09-03_1224Contests include food vendors competing for the best chalupa and booth decorations and then there are the contests for the attendees including a Mexican costume contest, a grito contest, jalapeno contest and dance contest.

Music for the soul that moves the feet.

Live music will be provided by La Farra, a local Brownsville favorite, steeped in tradition with a sound suitable to serve as both center stage and backdrop for the Pachanga in the Park. Find them on Facebook: And award winning local legend, Mariachi Plata from the P.I.I.S.D. will kick off the live music presentations.


Pachanga means party and Port Isabel’s Pachanga in the Park is all about a culinary and cultural and musical celebration. It is an expression of the heart of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area in the tradition of friends, family, food and fun. In true ‘pachanga’ form, booth set up begins late in the afternoon with festivities kicking off at 5 p.m.

Our park is your park!
Our pachanga is your pachanga!
Our home is your home!

For more information:
Facebook event:
Port Isabel on Facebook:
Instagram (@portisabeltexas) & Twitter (@portisabeltexas): #pachangainthepark

For more information:
Event Coordinator: Robert Salinas (PIEDC Administrator) 956/943-0705
Vendor Coordinator: Jeannie Flores (PI Museum Director) 956/943-7602
See vendor list here:

Schedule of Events:
5:30 pm Booth Decorating Contest
6:45 pm Mariachi Plata
7:00 – 11:00 pm Live Music with LA FARRA
7:00 – 7:30 pm Chalupa Contest Pick Up
7:30 – 7:45 pm Boys and Girls Club La Danza De Los Viejitos & El Raton Vaquero
7:45 – 8:15 pm Jalapeno Eating Contest
8:15 – 8:45 pm Mexican Costume Contest
8:45 – 9:15 pm Dance Contest
9:15 pm Grito Contest
Awards to be presented after each contest. Schedule is subject to change.

Sponsored by:

Washington Park (156 W. Madison St., Port Isabel)