NEW BRITAIN â€“ The cityâ€™s second annual Latin Festival is less than two weeks away, and organizers are hoping this yearâ€™s celebration is bigger and better than last year.
The festival is once again being hosted by the Latino Coalition and Kingdom of Heaven on Earth Centers, a faith-based organization out of New Britain. Carmelo Rodriguez, president of the Latino Coalition, said the idea for the festival last year was to bring the Latino population in central Connecticut together in celebration.
â€śWe wanted to reach the whole Latino community,â€ť Rodriguez told The Herald. â€śWe all speak Spanish, but culturally we are very different.â€ť
The inaugural celebration of Latino culture and heritage was a success last year, as an estimated 4,500 adults and 1,500 children attended the festival. Rodriguez said he expects even more people this year as the festival continues to reach new people in the area.
Similar to last year, this yearâ€™s Latin Festival will feature activities and concessions for children and adults. Musical performances will include Antonio y Joel Con La Branza, Indio TDR and El Predicador.
Food trucks and other food vendors will be on hand serving traditional Latin cuisine like rice and beans, fried plantains and fried pork. Like last year, motivational speaker Victor Rodriguez Algarin will hope to empower festival-goers with his words.
Kids will have fun with the â€śKids Fair,â€ť which will feature a bounce house, face-painting, music and games. Organizers at the festival will also be giving out free backpacks and haircuts to children in preparation for the first day of school. School supplies and a limited number of white polo-style shirts â€“ compliant with the school districtâ€™s new universal uniform policy â€“ will also be given out to children on a first come, first serve basis.
â€śâ€śThis event is all about bringing families together so they can have fun,â€ť Rodriguez said.
This yearâ€™s Latin Festival will be Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Walnut Hill Park.
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