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Jun 24, 2014 11:30 AM by Monica Garcia

El Dia de San Juan Festival

TUCSON- As people celebrate St. John the Baptist Day all over the world, festivities will soon be kicking off right here in Tucson.

And if you're hoping for some rain, look no further than the 17th Annual Dia de San Juan festival.

Local folklore dictates St. John the Baptist is the saint who brings the rain and so this day often marks the beginning of the monsoon.

The President of the Dia de San Juan committee, Lilian Lopez-Grant said she's committed to keeping the event true to it's roots.

"You know, back then, if it would rain in Mexico... than you knew you'd get the river going here and people would gather along the river with guitars, they'd bring food and the priest would come and say prayers," Lopez-Grant said. "This was in 1594 when the Conquistadors were here."

The festival is a family-friendly event with live music, dance and food and free admission.

It kicks off Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. at the Mercado San Agustin located at 100 South Avenida Convento.

For more information about the event click here.

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