Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Every year The United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage month starts on September 15 and it ends on October 15. This month is dedicated to celebrating Hispanic heritage and all the achievements of Hispanics of this country.

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Celebration of Hispanics started in 1968 when then president of The United States Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed one week of September as a Hispanic Week. In 1988 the week turned into a month.  Every year the president of the United States proclaims the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage Month and he invites everyone to participate in this celebration of Hispanic Heritage and achievements of Hispanics.

The reason why Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 is because 5 Latin American Countries Costa Rica. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate independence on this day. In addition Mexico celebrates its Independence Day on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Also, October 11 was designated as Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day in U.S.).


During Hispanic Heritage month The United States celebrates Hispanics who helped to make this country what it is now. It does not matter whether it was a reporter, artist, singer, astronaut, scientist or businessman; every one of them has contributed to the development of this country. Immigrants were the ones that made this country a better place. Among those immigrants there are a lot of Hispanics who came here with nothing but a dream and desire to work hard to reach that dream. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates these Hispanics with a dream.

This month let’s celebrate all those who crossed all the obstacles and limits to shows us that with desire to reach a dream and hard work anything is possible. Let’s celebrate Hispanic heritage that has a lot of flavor and color to it. Let’s celebrate our people and ourselves.

Hola America News put together a list of the Festivities is Eastern Iowa and Western IL.



Fiestas Schedule – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

The 64th Annual Fiesta Parade Sterling – Rock Falls

Saturday September 10, 2016      1:00 PM


The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Business Leaders Committee is organizing the 64th annual Fiesta Parade which will be held Saturday, September 10th.   All groups are encouraged to incorporate Hispanic Culture into the parade entries.

The Parade will begin at 1:00pm in Rock Falls. Parade Entries will line up on 10th street.  The parade will travel north on First Avenue in Rock Falls, cross the First Avenue bridge to Sterling.  At the base of the bridge the parade will travel north on Locust Street to 4th and end at Grandon Civic Center in Sterling.


This year, following the parade there will be activities taking place at Grandon Civic Center.  The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago will be performing; there will be an ice cream social and also a Vendor Fair.  Parade entry winners will also announced.

The parade registration form is now available on the Chamber’s website at www.saukvalleyareachamber.com.


For more information or questions please call the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-625-2400 or email us at [email protected].

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LULAC QC Fiesta Week presents – VIVA QUAD CITIES

Saturday September 10, 2016      Noon-11:00 PM


The fiesta demonstrates the growing diversity and vitality of the Hispanic Community in the Quad Cities. Food booths, arts and crafts and live entertainment highlight the all day event with live music from 5 different local bands plus Mariachi music and the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico. Bring a lawn chair, grab some food and have a lot of fun!

VIVA QC is back and as part of the LULAC QC Fiesta Week and the sponsors: Regional Development Association RDA, Ascentra Credit Union and Group O.

Join us on Saturday, September 10 in the Isle Casino Hotel parking lot in Bettendorf. The fiesta will run from 12PM – 11PM.

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Networking Mixer with the Hispanic Chamber 

Thursday September 15, 2016     5:30 PM   -Rhythm City Casino

 Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 through October 15.  Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the New Rhythm City Casino Resort located at 7077 Elmore, Avenue in Davenport, IA. Invite a friend and join us for a night of fun, music, and networking!

This Networking Mixer is part of LULAC QC Fiesta Week.

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4th Annual International Fair –  Muscatine, IAJPEG International Fair 8.5x11Poster 2016

Saturday September 17, 2016  11 AM – 4 PM

DSCI will be hosting its 4th Annual International Fair event. The purpose of the event is to showcase the diversity in the community of Muscatine and its surrounding areas
. For more information contact Rosa Mendoza or Aracely Martinez at [email protected]  or call the Center at (563) 264-8883.

DSCI is proud to announce this year’s Main Stage Performances for the International Fair at Pearl City Station, 100 Harbor Drive, Muscatine, IA 52761. Dont miss out. Mark your calendar to come check them out!!

Champagne Irish Academy of Irish Dance

White Swan Native American Dance Troupe

“Mama Katambwa” :Master Storyteller

Janae Nelson, Belly Dancer

MHS Cheerleaders

Liberian Women’s Group

QC Ballet Folklorico

LULAC QC Fiesta Parade and Fiesta

Sunday September 18, 2016        12:00 PM – 9:30 PM


The LULAC QC Fiesta Parade in East Moline (formerly known as the Mexican Independence Day Parade)

For a few years now every September downtown East Moline dresses in green, red and white and the community comes together to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. This year the celebration will be part of the LULAC QC Fiesta Week on September 18 starting at 12:00 PM. The day will start with a parade, but the parade is only the beginning to a day filled with fun.

After the parade is over, participants can stay for music and dance. There will be a presentation by the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and the Glenview Mariachi Band will delight participants with great music. Food vendors will be present to offer their best dishes to the public. After the presentations stay and dance the night away because there will be dance from 6PM to 9:30PM.

This year the organizers of the event Abel y Juanita Zertuche are getting help from the LULAC Councils of Moline and Davenport. The organizers invite everyone interested in participation in the parade to call (309) 737-5915 to register to participate.

The celebration of the Mexican Independence Day will take place in Downtown East Moline across the Monarca store.

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