Though St. Louis is a border town of sorts, who isn't jealous of folks who grew up in places like El Paso, Texas? These people skipped school and left the country for lunch, while we felt rebellious sneaking over to White Castle. But even here, the Hispanic culture speaks in vibrant colors -- the language, food and dance aren't content to be uptight, muted or still (France, we're looking in your direction). This energy is contagious and is felt far beyond the Mexican markets and eateries that stretch along Cherokee Street. In fact, this weekend the colorful vibe reverberates downtown: Starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday (August 12 through 14), the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival comes to Soldiers Memorial Park (South 14th and Market streets). If Dora the Explorer and a bottle of tequila sum up your take on Hispanic culture, the organizers of the fest aim to change that through authentic food, art and music from Latin America. And bring the kiddos for the piñatas and petting zoo. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.... More >>>