Celebrating the New Year in Burien, Mexican Style

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Our neighborhood’s diverse culture is on display in these two videos which show Mexican children doing a celebratory New Year’s dance in the parking lot of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church on 152nd.

Notice how the music sounds kind of Polka-esque – we could be wrong, but we believe this to be “Banda Music,” which gets its origins from German-Americans who lived in south Texas in the 1930s. According to Wikipedia, the German descendants introduced polka music to Mexicans, who then ran with it and made it their own (talk about a weird combo, but somehow it works and sounds very cool!).

Roughly translated, the Youtube blurb reads:

“While we the adults declare our culture with respect and happiness, our little ones continue our legacy…” 

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