Despite threat from teen, Mexican Fiesta kicks off with fun, food and music

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MILWAUKEE -- Mexican Fiesta on Milwaukee's lakefront, taking place Aug. 23-25, kicked off with perfect weather, big crowds and some relief after an online threat of a shooting at the event.

"It's been fun with my family and looking around at everything that's so colorful," said a festival attendee.

Many public officials were in attendance for opening ceremonies.

"I'm really excited. The weather's beautiful. They're going to have a great turnout and they're going to raise a whole bunch of money for scholarships for kids... it couldn't be better," said Gov. Tony Evers.

With extra security in place due to an online threat of a mass shooting earlier this week, that individual was detained.

"We still have the security measures in place that we had before, the security has been increased because of the threat -- not that it's not credible," said Ruben Burgos, president of the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation.

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It didn't keep the crowds away from turning out for all the entertainment, food and fun. The three-day festival is an annual tradition for many.

"I feel like we still want to come and have fun," said Raelynn Medina, festival goer. "I'm not going to let it stop us from doing our annual family vacation."

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