For those of you wonder why we sometimes cover the smaller festivals only after they have already taken place, this is an advanced warning to mark your calendars for Sunday, July 18th. That’s when Colombians, Chileans, Spaniards, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Costa Ricans and Americans will come together to celebrate 200 years of Colombian independence (LaSalle Park 12pm-6pm).
Event organizer and volunteer, MarCe Zerrate, promises that the celebration will be one to remember, filled with all sorts of cultural delights including ethnic foods, games and live music. “The Celebration will be picnic style,” she said. “Where all participants, especially Colombians would bring their traditional favorite dish to share with all, free of cost. We will have a live band, the wonderful “Latin Jazz Project” and a Colombian DJ Alex Sarabia! We will also have some raffles “Colombian souvenirs” to help with the cost, and “if” there is any extra money, it would be donated to the Colombian Foundation Pies Descalzos – Bare Feet, for higher education to poor and impoverished children. Last year we were able to donate proceeds to foundation Mi Sangre – My Blood, for children victims of anti-personnel mines.”
*Dancers and musicians are welcome on stage to show and share your talent! Salsa! Cumbia! Singers! Poets! Bailarines, Musicos! Cantantes! Salsa! Cumbia! Poetas! Promuevan sus talentos en el escenario! Broadcast your talents! Himno Nacional! National Anthem at 12PM.