During the week of spring break the King County Library System (KCLS) hosted four Selena themed events called “Bidi Bidi Bom Bash”. Selena is an important figure to Mexican-American and Latinx people because of her cultural and musical influence. I attended two of those four events, which were the Baila Esta Cumbia Dance and the Selena-Inspired Pop Up Market.
The cumbia themed dance was on Friday, April 12 at the Burien Community Center from 8:30-11:30 . The event was strictly only for high school students in the area such as Highline, Mount Rainier, Tyee, Evergreen, Hazen, Kennedy, etc. I arrived to the dance about 15 minutes late and I was greeted by a woman who was checking if everyone coming in was a high school student with either a valid school id or showing proof that you can log onto Illuminate. After being verified that I was a high school student she looked through my bag and she used a metal detector wand on me as if I was at the airport. After that I had to sign in before I actually entered the dance. Once I went inside where the dance was I noticed the lack of decorations but there were two photo booth backdrops with some balloon pillars on the sides alongside the DJ’s table. The hosts provided the people at the event bottled water and a variety of food and snacks ranging from tacos and pizza to fruit and chips.
There were people standing and sitting at tables but no one was dancing (maybe because there wasn’t any Latin music playing at all for the first 40 minutes of the Cumbia themed dance). Once they started playing latin music students actually started to dance but there was not a lot of Selena songs playing though the majority were just popular songs in Spanish. Throughout the night people began to leave as people grew bored and tired.
The third day of “Bidi Bidi Bom Bash” was the Selena-Inspired Pop Up Market on Saturday, April 13 at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church that started at 11am and ended at 4pm. There were 38 vendors that day selling items ranging from scrunchies to traditional Mexican clothing. When I arrived there was latin music playing on both the upstairs and downstairs portions of the Market. I left the pop up market with a new avocado scrunchie ($8), Selena and Frida Kahlo stickers ($1 each), and a handmade baby outfit ($22).
I went in with a negative mindset because I have never been to an Latinx event so closely linked to my school that a good amount of people actually went to. But after taking the time to go to these two events I was glad I did because it proved to me that my Mexican roots have not been forgotten and it just goes to show that we should all be more involved with our culture in and out of school.