Warwick area residents of all ethnicities and backgrounds are invited to join the festivities at the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage March and Celebration to be held in Warwick on Sun., Sept. 24. The celebration this year is also sponsored by Bayaney Sounds, Community Action Network (CAN) and Warwick Immigrant Neighbors (WIN).
Participants will assemble in front of the Warwick Reformed Church, located at 16 Maple Ave. in Warwick, by 4 p.m. They will parade down Main St., some in colorful costumes and masks and doing traditional Mexican Chinelos dances. The march will end at the Railroad Green, where a food fair will provide samples of cuisine from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador.
There is no charge for the food but donations will be gratefully accepted. Special guests at the celebration will include Warwick Village Mayor Michael Newhard, several members of the Warwick Town Board, and embassy officials from Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Medals will be awarded for community service to outstanding members of the Hispanic community and to others for their work in fostering friendship and understanding among the Hispanic and non-Hispanic population in Warwick.
The celebration is one of many taking place around the country during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Fri., Sept. 15 to Sun., Oct. 15, to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.