Comunidad hispania invites the public to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture

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The annual party will take place on September 18 at Normal Park in Merrill

TINA L. SCOTT
EDITOR

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Normal Park on September 18 will feature traditional foods from many Hispanic cultures available for purchase and is guaranteed to be a party full of flavor! Photo submitted.

Hispanic community [the Hispanic community] will hold their annual fiesta [party] and a celebration to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, September 18, at Merrill Normal Park, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the public is invited to celebrate with them. “Everyone is invited!” say the organizers.
The event offers attendees a fun and festive way to experience a bit of Hispanic culture, with delicious authentic food, upbeat music, and fun activities. It’s the perfect way to dance to the sound of a mariachi band or savor the taste of Mexican empanadas and San Salvador tamales without the need for a passport.
“This year’s event includes a“ Food Fest, ”featuring a variety of authentic Hispanic foods from several Latin American countries that will be available for purchase from many excellent cocineros [excellent cooks]Said Nancy Baacke, one of the event’s organizers.
“Tacos (pork / chicken), gorditas, picaditas, pozole (soup), stuffed peppers, prepared pork rinds, empanadas, agua de horchata, from Mexico, stuffed potatoes from Peru and different kinds of tamales (chicken / pork au red / green sauce filled) wrapped in banana / corn leaves or foil from different countries like San Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico. It’s the kind of delicious, authentic food you can expect to find at the park this Saturday.

What would a party be without music? This year’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration will feature a mariachi band from Lincoln High School. Photo submitted.

“The Lincoln High School Mariachi Band of Wisconsin Rapids will provide music for the afternoon, and there will be piñata, too,” Baacke said. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and honors the many accomplishments and contributions of the Hispanic people in the United States. It started as a weeklong celebration in 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the week of September 15 Hispanic Heritage Week. September 15 is independence day for several Hispanic countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence on September 18.
Twenty years later, in 1988, President Ronald Regan extended the celebration to 30 days, proclaiming September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month each year.
This year’s local celebration of the rich culture and significant contributions of the Hispanic community is hosted by HAVEN [Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network]. HAVEN offers bilingual Spanish-English advocacy for individuals and families experiencing abuse and interpersonal violence.
“Come join us for food, festivities, music and fun,” Baacke said. “Green Esperamos ahí! [We hope to see you there!]”

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