Noche de Na­chos planned for to­day

Goal of event is largest ever bowl of na­chos

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

LAS CRUCES — Down­town will be the place to be this af­ter­noon and into the evening.

First, the city’s an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Pa­rade will start at 3 p.m. on the cor­ner of Main Street and Lohman Av­enue. This will be first pa­rade in the mod­ern era of Vet­er­ans Day Pa­rades to have a theme: A Salute to Women Vet­er­ans.

Fol­low­ing the pa­rade, res­i­dents are in­vited to stick around for Noche de Na­chos, as the city at­tempts to set the record for world’s big­gest na­chos.

The plan is to take pounds of cheese, moun­tains of chile and truck­loads of tor­tilla chips to cre­ate a 5,000-pound na­chos plate, which would top the cur­rent record of 4,689 pounds of na­chos, set in Lawrence, Kan.

Gates for Noche de Na­chos will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Plaza de Las Cruces, with the na­cho build start­ing at 5:30. The of­fi­cial weight an­nounce­ment will be at 7:30. En­try costs are $15 for adults and chil­dren 12 and un­der get in for free.

The top three per­form­ers from the Las Cruces In­ter­na­tional Mari­achi Con­fer­ence Stu­dent Show­case Com­pe­ti­tion will per­form at Noche de Na­chos, along with the win­ning vo­cal­ist of the Elisa Gastel­lum Schol­ar­ship and two bal­let folk­lórico dance groups. The evening’s head­liner, Grupo Sta­tus, a 25-per­son mu­si­cal group from Ci­u­dad Juárez, will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

The fi­esta will also in­clude dancers, lo­cal ar­ti­sans, food trucks and na­chos on the plaza, and will end at 10 p.m. There will be a screen­ing of “Na­cho Li­bre” at the Rio Grande The­atre at 3 p.m. Tick­ets to “Na­cho Li­bre” are $5, or free with your Noche de Na­chos ticket. Space is lim­ited, and doors for the movie open at 2 p.m.

For in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets, visit www.Down­townLC.com. Tick­ets can also be pur­chased on­line at the Rio Grande The­atre and at Visit Las Cruces.

COUR­TESY CITY OF LAS CRUCES

A graphic pro­mot­ing the Noche de Na­chos in Las Cruces tonight.

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