Consul general of Spain cancels trip to Natchez

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 27, 2016

The consul general of Spain to Houston has canceled his trip to Natchez’s Spanish celebration this weekend.

Tricentennial Director and Interim Tourism Director Jennifer Ogden Combs said her office was informed Thursday that Consul General of Spain Enric Panés cannot make the trip because of an emergency situation his office is handling.

“He expressed his disappointment and sends his very best wishes to Natchez on celebrating our anniversary,” Combs said. “We are, of course, very disappointed Mr. Panés will not be joining us.”

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Natchez is set to celebrate its Spanish heritage this weekend with Serenata, An Evening in Old Spanish Natchez, which will take place in the Old Spanish Quarter downtown. Serenata will include a Spanish street party with Spanish wines, tapas, live Spanish music and a tour of the Gov. Holmes House and Texada.

Tickets to the event are $75 with the house tours and $40 without the tours.

The tours will begin and 6 p.m., and the street party is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center or online at

The event is a collaboration of the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Park Service, the Natchez Festival of Music and Tricentennial Commission.