A Pueblo for all

Everyone is Welcome at El Pueblo

As an organization that works towards justice for our immigrant and Latinx communities, we have to ask ourselves the same question we’ve asked of the systems that govern us— what are we doing to bring people in and in what ways are we keeping them out?  

“Accessibility is the primary tool that organizations can engage to dismantle ableism and create a more inclusive space; it defines the degree to which all people can engage with certain resources and participate in cultural, social, political, and economic spheres.”- Promise and Practice. 

4 people, one holding a baby, joyfully posing for a photo during La Fiesta del Pueblo wearing blue and white- the colors of the El Salvador. In Spanish. 4 personas, una con un bebé, posando alegremente para una foto durante La Fiesta del Pueblo vestidas de azul y blanco, los colores de El Salvador. En español.

In order to bring everyone into the folds of our work we have to be intentional about making that work accessible. We are currently working on expanding accessibility in every area of our work- planning so that the burden of meeting needs is not placed on our community members. 

Ways in which we currently facilitate access in our work: 

  • Language justice by providing Spanish interpretation for all public virtual events and ensuring that our communications’ platforms including social media, emails, and our website are available in both English and Spanish languages. 
  • Providing childcare for our program participants for their in person weekly meetings.  
  • Further accessibility accommodations are made for our annual in person La Fiesta de El Pueblo- they are updated annually and made available on our website.
5 volunteers standing under a green tent in Black El Pueblo t-shirts wearing red masks. In spanish. 5 voluntarios parados debajo de una carpa verde con camisetas negras de El Pueblo y máscaras rojas. En español.
downtown Raleigh, Fayetville St. during La Fiesta del Pueblo. White tents and crowded streets. Daytime.

Everyone has access needs, and while we still have a long way to go, we are working to ensure these needs are met to the best of our ability and capacity.  

Part of this journey into accessibility is hearing from you! If there is something we could be doing better in terms of accessibility, please let us know: elpueblo@elpueblo.org. We appreciate your input on how to better meet everyone’s needs. 

Getting Around La Fiesta del Pueblo

La Fiesta del Pueblo is free and open to the public, with all of the day’s events taking place on Fayettbille Street as well as on the intersecting streets (Hargett St., Martin St. and Davie St.) Fayetteville Street is more than half a mile long, so there will be some distances to travel between sections of the festival.

More info at elpueblo.org/fiesta

Group of nine young people in pink "La Fiesta del Pueblo" t-shirts, joyful expressions, standing under a colorful papel picado banner and behind a red table full of print materials and giveaways. In Spanish En español: Grupo de nueve jóvenes con camisetas rosas de "La Fiesta del Pueblo", expresiones alegres, de pie bajo una colorida pancarta de papel picado y detrás de una mesa roja llena de materiales impresos y obsequios.

Drop-off areas 

Fayetteville Street and the first block of all side streets will be closed for the festival. Wilmington and Salisbury streets will remain open. Designated “Drop-off” areas will be available on the east and west sides of Fayetteville Street, at the Davie Street intersection, and at the Martin Street intersection. Consult our festival map for a detailed distribution of the download points for the festival. 

Volunteers in official La Fiesta T-shirts are all around the festival – please ask one of us if you have a question! 

Parking lots 

Street parking surrounding the La Fiesta del Pueblo footprint is usually free all day on Sunday.. 

Some of the City parking decks are free all day on Sunday, as well. _Please refer to the map for all City of Raleigh parking decks available during La Fiesta del Pueblo. 

Accessible Viewing Areas  

A designated accessible viewing area will be available in front of the stage for people who use mobility devices and their companions to help ensure that you can see what’s happening on stage. This area is intended for visitors who use wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices and their companions, as well as guests who have a disability that substantially limits their ability to stand and their companions. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. 


Street level accessible restrooms (portable toilets) are located on two side streets of the festival footprint: West Martin and East Davie street.  See Program Map for more details. 


La Fiesta del Pueblo has many precautions put in place to prevent but also help in the case of an emergency. If you need assistance, please look for one of these people: 

  • La Fiesta volunteers wearing pink shirts 
  • Uniformed City of Raleigh police officers 

Call 911 if you need immediate assistance for an emergency. 

Getting Around 

All of the activities taking place at La Fiesta del Pueblo are on the street level with the roads closed off to motor vehicles all day on Sunday. While this means that some areas of the streets and sidewalks do get crowded, all street-level activities are physically accessible. You can avoid some crowding by going up or down a block to Wilmington or Salisbury and then returning to Fayetteville via one of the cross streets. Do note that some streets have a slight uphill pitch to them, especially the side streets: Martin, Davie and Hargett. 

Public transport 

The Moore Square Bus Station is located at 214 S. Blount Street, 1.5 blocks from the heart of La Fiesta del Pueblo. 

The R-Line, a free shuttle, will also be available to help you get from your parking space to the festival footprint. 

All R-Line and GoRaleigh vehicles are equipped with ADA access via an elevator or ramp. 

Sighted Guides 

For people who are blind or have low vision, you may request to be paired with a sighted guide who will help you navigate La Fiesta del Pueblo. While our preference is for you to reserve in advance, some sighted guides are available during the festival at the booth at the intersection of Davie Street and Fayetteville Street. 

Service Animals 

We welcome service animals at La Fiesta del Pueblo.  

Questions or Comments? 

La Fiesta del Pueblo’s organizers work hard to make all of its programming accessible to everyone! If you need assistance or have additional questions during La Fiesta del Pueblo, please visit one of our information booths located at every intersection on Fayetteville Street.  

If you have additional questions or comments, or would like to be part of the general conversation about accessibility at the event, please email us at elpueblo@elpueblo.org or call (919) 835-1525, ext. 104. 

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)