Music, food and laughter filled the Latino Cultural Center, La Casa to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.
La Casa Director Lilian Casillas says this month highlights the diversity, history and accomplishments of Latinos not only in Bloomington, but also around the world.
“One of the things that we really encourage people is that not only to attend programs during this month, but to do so through out the year, she said, “because Latinos do live through out the year, we don’t just stop, you know, existing after Hispanic Month.”
Mayor Mark Kruzan was also part of the celebration. He says this year the Hispanic Month is more significant, given the recent hate messages left at La Casa.
“The fact that we celebrate this once a year is important for the community to have an awareness of issues that are unique to the population here in the community and Latino and Hispanic community,” he said. “We want everyone to feel they are a part of a larger Bloomington.”
More events celebrating Hispanic heritage are scheduled through October 15.