3rd Annual Latin Cultural Festival brings food, music and fun to Southeast Baltimore – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Before the Latin Nations Parade, the party started at Patterson Park with food, music and fun for the third annual Latin Cultural Festival.

The Hernandez family spent the day celebrating their Puerto Rican heritage.

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“Just have a good time, listen to our music, eat our food,” Jarnira Hernandez said.

Fiesta Baltimore was the perfect place to do just that. Now in its third year, it celebrates all Latin cultures.

“I represent my country, I’m from Colombia, from South America, so I invite everyone to come and have fun. There is delicious food here and people are waiting for you,” said one attendee.

Also waiting are dozens of vendors – this one displaying impressive works of art created using shells, seeds and even corn.

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“So she’s very happy to be here and she hopes to get more recognition and sell more,” said Yenifer Montes.

The organizers of Nuestras Raices Inc. expect more than 10,000 visitors.

“Everyone who is Latino, and everyone who wants to be Latino and everyone who thinks they are Latino is going to be here,” said Angelo Solera, founder and executive director of Nuestras Raices Inc.

Solera, who immigrated to this country 40 years ago, said it was important to offer these types of events to allow people to celebrate their heritage.

“Maintaining your culture is important because it’s who you are. Your language, your culture, your history, your family values, all those things, and if you lose that, what do you have? Solera said.

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Unfortunately, this year’s festival is already on the books, but plans are already underway for the fourth year.

Darcy J. Skinner