September 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and is an opportunity for the nation to recognize and celebrate historical contributions of Americans whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America.
The City of Inglewood kicked off its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with a booming festival and day of fun in the sun for families, residents, and guests at the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Festival.
After being on hiatus for a number of years, the City is now entering its second year of celebrations. Accompanied by his two young sons, Councilman Eloy Morales shared his thoughts on the celebration. “Back when I was growing up we had this event for 16 consecutive years starting in 1988 and it stopped because of budget reasons. The beauty about these types of events is that we get to be this role model for the rest of the country. When you see cultures not getting along in cities, it’s amazing to me because I grew up here, and especially amongst the Black and Brown communities that exist here today, they get along. When other cities are having that issue, we’re not, and I love that about our city.
Councilman Alex Padilla enhanced the festivities this year by adding a classic car show that featured some of the hottest classic automobiles in the community. He added, “We’re celebrating Hispanic heritage this month, and as part of this festival we wanted to bring in the classic cars. Classic cars are so important to major events, and here in Inglewood we have a lot of these classic cars, so we want to display some of these beautiful cars that our residents own, and make this a part of our annual event.”
The stage was filled with talented performers from the young and gifted musician Pedrito Rigoso, The Real Band, Ballet Folklorico Ensemble, Sonsoles, and the 2-Time Grammy Awarding winning, Mariachi Divas.
The classic car show awarded participants with trophies for “Best of 50’s,” “Best of 60’s,” “Best Motorcycle,” and other categories. Vendors, gaming areas for kids, Fiesta Martin’s tacos, burritos, and aguas frescas were some of the other treats the event had to offer us this year. I could go for another one of the aguas frescas if you ask me! If you missed the event this year, subscribe to the City of Inglewood on YouTube, and watch the short documentary. To see more photos, log on to www.inglewoodtoday.comand view the photo slideshow. Follow me on twitter @Tommybunnz1.