Hispanic heritage event is Sunday
WORTHINGTON -- You don't need to speak Spanish or dance salsa to attend the Hispanic heritage month celebration this Sunday.
Organizers say everyone is invited to the event from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sailboard Beach in Worthington.
"One of the things is people thought it was just for the Hispanic community, and it's really not," said Jesse Rosales, president of the Nobles County Hispanic Community, which is hosting the event.
There were nearly 1,000 people at the inaugural event last year, and organizers are hoping for even more this year.
"We're trying to get people out to mingle and see other people there, to see we're (Hispanics) not all about the (image) we have in this town, to let them know we're here to contribute to the community, too," said Rosales, adding that the celebration is meant to be a family affair where no alcohol will be served. There will be more security than at last year's event, he added.
The event will kick off with a Spanish Mass celebrated by the Rev. Larry Brixius, to be at St. Mary's Church, 1215 7th Ave., in case of rain. Between 2 and 8 p.m. Veneno Musical, a Latin dance band, and Corcel Norte?o, a northern Mexico music band, will alternate performances. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., Lary Parker the magician will perform.
"Bring a chair," said Rosales, "It's just a day for families to come, enjoy the music and see family and friends."
The celebration, of course, wouldn't be complete without a little Mexican cuisine, and Taco Mobile will cater the event, serving tacos, tortas and tostados.
Also on the schedule are guest speakers whose remarks will be translated to English or Spanish as necessary. Gordon Moore, Nobles County Attorney, and Mike Cumiskey, Worthington's Director of Public Safety, will speak.
"So the Hispanic community can see we have city leaders behind our event," explained Rosales.
Gloria Contreras Edin, executive director of the St. Paul-based Centro Legal, will also attend.
"I'm really going to encourage civic engagement. ... What I want people to remember is that we're living in the United States, and while we're in the United States, we owe them a duty to be responsible and civically engaged," Contreras said.
"It should be more than just Latinos celebrating. It's good to invite others to participate because then they understand why we miss our country, and it gives people an opportunity to learn about us and what we care about and is a chance (for people) to remind themselves of the rich culture that Mexico is a part of," she added, referring to Mexican Independence Day, observed Sept. 16.
She will also distribute voter information designed for Latinos.
The event is being sponsored by Swift & Co., the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1161, the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics and Panader?a Mi Tierra. Call 329-0667 for more information.