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Mar 27, 2010 7:19 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Hundreds turn out for "Big Show" in Santa Maria

Hundreds of people gathered in Santa Maria Friday night for the 33rd annual "Big Show."

The two and a half hour event featured the talents of the Righetti High School Marimba Band and Ballet Folklorico. It's a festive and colorful show that celebrates the diverse world of Latin music and dance.

The group was created in 1975, in part, to help the students preserve their culture. "It's really important because we came from Mexico and our children were born here, so we don't want them to lose our tradition, our dances, our music, our songs," said Martha Ramos, a parent of one of the performers.

If you didn't catch Friday night's show, you still have time to see the group perform. There will be another performance Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Santa Maria High School's Ethel Pope Auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door for just 10 dollars.

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