Plaza Mariachi hosts big World Cup viewing party

Fans watch the World Cup action at Plaza Mariachi. (WSMV)

After playing Colombia, England is progressing to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Even in Music City, watch parties were intense.

Crowds beat on drums and waved flags inside Plaza Mariachi. The food court area was packed with people. It wouldn't be easy to find another place with so much energy at 1 p.m. on a Tuesday.

One man's gig was to keep that energy up, Jualian Garcia.

"You get a lot of people together with the music," he said, taking a break from his DJ platform.

Garcia was DJ for Plaza Mariachi's big viewing party of this game in the World Cup, England vs. Colombia.

Looking out on the faces with their sheer nervousness and bursts of joy, all of it couldn't have meant more to Garcia.

"I was in Colombia until I was 14 years old, then me and my momma and brother, we moved to Nashville," he said. "It's just a different feeling there. You cannot describe it. It's just this amazing feeling, the way everybody treats you."

For a moment, the watch party took Garcia back to his childhood.

"It's just a little bit of home here in Nashville," he laughed. "Just to have the game on a Tuesday afternoon, everybody's cheering, I feel like I'm back home with friends and family. It gives that feeling of just being together. We're always enjoying life. It's just the way we are."

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