(WNY News Now) – YWCA Jamestown, with support from the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, is organizing a vibrant Latino Heritage Celebration on September 30, 2023, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Jamestown – Every year, the nation pays tribute to Latino/e (Hispanic) Heritage Month, spanning from September 15th through October 15th. Originally established as a week-long celebration in Los Angeles in 1968, this event has grown into a month-long observance dedicated to recognizing and promoting the contributions of the Hispanic and Latino/e community. In 1989, it was officially extended to encompass the period from September 15th to October 15th, now known as National Hispanic Heritage Month.
To mark this occasion, YWCA Jamestown is hosting a Latino Heritage Celebration on September 30, 2023, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Held at the Winter Garden Plaza on Main Street in Downtown Jamestown and YWCA Jamestown on 401 N. Main Street, Jamestown, NY, the event promises live music by Synergy Entertainment, tantalizing food vendors like 3Cs Catering and El Rincón Criollo, and St. Luke’s Colombian Food.
Families are invited to enjoy complimentary popcorn, cotton candy, games, and a captivating car show. YWCA Jamestown’s Book M.A.R.K. program will engage young children with bilingual storytelling and activities. Local organizations will be present to share information about their businesses, community programs, and employment opportunities.
The celebration continues at the Winter Garden Plaza with a Shakespearean performance by Madness Most Discreet Theatre Co. from Jamestown.
Regarding identity, whether it’s Latino, Latine, or Hispanic, individuals are encouraged to embrace the term that resonates with them. Hispanic traditionally refers to those with ancestors from former Spanish colonies, excluding some Latin American countries. Younger generations tend to favor Latino/a or Latine, emphasizing origin, especially for Latin American or Caribbean descent, while Hispanic remains suitable when emphasizing language ties.
Celebrate Latino Heritage and explore the rich cultural tapestry during this month-long tribute to Hispanic Heritage.