Cedar Rapids Festival Latino celebrates 10 years

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Diez! Ten! It’s been 10 years of hosting the annual ‘Cedar Rapids Latino Festival’ and we’re excited to be  back in 2021. This year’s event will again be held at McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 1st St SW in downtown  Cedar Rapids. This family friendly event is free and open to the public Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 11:00 – 5:00 pm. 

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The festival will offer a variety of local Latin-American music acts, including Latino bands La Diferencia  and Son Peruchos, and local community performers and dancers. Authentic Mexican and Cuban food from  local vendors will be available for purchase. There will be many free activities for children, including  piñatas, face painting, crafts and other activities. Lawn-chairs and dancing are encouraged! 

This festival also commemorates the observance of the National Hispanic Heritage Month which  celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from  Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as  Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald  Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was  enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.  

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The festival has been well attended and well received by the Latino Community and the community-at large for the past ten years. With continued support from our sponsors and media partners with coverage  and promotions of our event, we’ve been able to expand our reach and grow this event and recognition of  the Latino Culture in our community! 

For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/TheLatinoFestivalOfCedarRapids 

The Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids is presented by Green State Credit Union, Veridian Credit Union and  Collins Aerospace. Additional Sponsors include: Community 1st Credit Union, Alliant Energy, Balanced  Investment Co., Premier Staffing, Riverside Casino, Transamerica, Hibu, Toyota Financial, RSM US LLP,  Collins Community Credit Union, and CR Toyota, and is supported by local non-profit organizations,  LULAC, ASAC, Waypoint and YPN. 

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