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“Fiesta Latina” features fun and seahorses
at the Tennessee Aquarium Sept. 13, 14, 20 & 21

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 20, 2003) – The Tennessee Aquarium takes visitors all the places a river goes – all the way from mountain streams to the sea. And for two weekends in September, the Aquarium and its plaza will be awash in seahorses, live music, divers feeding fish, crafts, water play and activities for children.

“The Aquarium celebrates the aquatic world with 9,000 animals that swim, fly and crawl in natural exhibits,” said Katrina Craven, Aquarium public relations coordinator and organizer of the weekend events to be held Sept. 13, 14, 20 and 21. “We want to share our appreciation of the watery world with everyone. ‘Fiesta Latina’ is a terrific reason to spend the day or the weekend in Chattanooga.”

In addition, the Aquarium will be opened later on those two weekends, with the last ticket sold at 8 p.m. The Aquarium opens at 9:30 a.m.

Here’s what’s happening in and around the Aquarium:

  • Live music on the plaza surrounding the Aquarium, beginning each afternoon –traditional Cuban sounds, popular rhythms of Latin dance music, salsa and strolling mariachi bands.
  • Mamacitas de Mayfield will dish up free ice cream, or McKee’s “Little Debbie” employees will distribute their new Coco Pina cakes.
  • Cool off -- The wading stream that winds around the Aquarium offers respite from the summer heat. Be sure to pack some extra clothes, bathing suit (or swimmie diapers) for small children.
  • Feeding dives – Every day at 2 p.m., catch the feeding frenzy in the Nickajack Lake exhibit, where collossal catfish, diving ducks and bizarre paddlefish eat from divers’ hands.
  • Arts and crafts -- Association of Visual Artists and other craftspeople will display, sell and help children create their own works of art.
  • Storyteller Colleen Laliberte will share traditional Latin folktales on the plaza and in the Aquarium auditorium.
  • While at the Aquarium, explore a hidden maze of pipes and pumps; discover how to make seawater from scratch; see (and smell) what’s on the menu for Aquarium creatures; and even feed some of our fish! Tours 3 p.m. daily.
  • LaBuena radio station (Z93.1 FM) will do live remote broadcasts from the Fiesta.
  • Check out the interactive fun at the Environmental Learning Lab in the IMAX building. You and your kids can do everything from hitting a pinata and chilling out in the IMAX garden, to exploring CD-ROMs and educational software.
  • Customize your Chattanooga getaway -- Check out the Getaway Planner on the Aquarium’s Web site at
  • Live animal encounters (weather permitting) and other educational programs on the plaza throughout the day.
  • Seymour the Seahorse will make appearances at the plaza, entertaining children and adults alike.
  • “Seahorses: Beyond Imagination,” is a magical journey into the kingdom of seahorses where visitors can discover the secrets of these enchanting creatures.
  • After visiting the Aquarium, dive in a little deeper and see “Ocean Wonderland” or “Ghosts of the Abyss” at the Aquarium’s IMAX 3D Theater.

For more information, call 800-262-0695. Downloadable photo of Fiesta Latina logo available in our Photo Library.

Sponsors of “Festival Latina” are “La Buena” radio and Allied Arts. Plaza activities are free of charge and open to the public.


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The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission is $14 per adult and $7.50 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $7.75 per adult and $5.25 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $18 for adults and $10.50 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to join.

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