NEW BRITAIN - The cityâ€™s second annual Latin Festival is less than a week away, and organizers are hoping this yearâ€™s celebration is bigger and better.
The festival is once again being hosted by the Latino Coalition and Kingdom of Heaven on Earth Centers, a faith-based organization.
Carmelo Rodriguez, president of the Latino Coalition, said the idea last year was to bring the Latino population in central Connecticut together in celebration.
â€śWe wanted to reach the whole Latino community,â€ť Rodriguez told The Herald. â€śWe all speak Spanish, but culturally we are very different.â€ť
The inaugural celebration of Latino culture and heritage was a success last year, as an estimated 4,500 adults and 1,500 children attended the festival. Rodriguez said he expects even more people this year as the festival continues to reach new people in the area.
As it did last year, this yearâ€™s Latin Festival will feature activities and concessions for children and adults. Musical performances will include Antonio y Joel Con La Branza, Indio TDR and El Predicador.
Food trucks and other food vendors will be on hand serving traditional cuisine including rice and beans, fried plantains and fried pork.
Motivational speaker Victor Rodriguez Algarin also returns this year.
Kids will have fun at the Kids Fair, which will feature a bounce house, face-painting, music and games.
Organizers at the festival will also be giving out free backpacks and haircuts to children in preparation for the first day of school. School supplies and a limited number of white polo-style shirts - compliant with the school districtâ€™s new universal uniform policy - will also be given out to children on a first-come, first-served basis.
â€śThis event is all about bringing families together so they can have fun,â€ť Rodriguez said.
This yearâ€™s Latin Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Walnut Hill Park.
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.