After a two-year break due to the pandemic, Hillsboro hosted the 16th annual Latino Cultural Festival on Sunday.
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce organized the event, which began with a parade with musicians, dancers, and students as the lead performers. At the Hillsboro Hops‘ Ron Tonkin Field, the festival was place.
The Latino Cultural Festival, according to Yohana Parra, director of Latino Business Development and Engagement at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, is all about celebrating Latino heritage. “Latinos are all about coming together, about family and community, and that comes with beautiful music and food.”
Numerous games, awards, and vendors honoring the culture were on display as thousands of people packed the stadium.
“We drink fresh water. It is a fruit juice that is well-liked in Hispanic society “said Rudy Loeza, a merchant. “To demonstrate our culture to others, we are properly reflecting our culture. We travel a great distance from Gresham-Fairview. This is what we did in an effort to incorporate that culture into this one.”
The event will likely return in person the following year to honor Latino heritage, culture, and community.
What better way to teach about and display this legacy, as well as symbolize it? asked Parra. This is a celebration for everyone and the people.
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