Boston: Mayor Michelle Wu Kicks Off Latinx Heritage Month

BOSTON ~ Today, Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Boston celebrated the start of National Latinx Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. The City will be providing a variety of programming and events in honor of Latinx cultures and communities that contribute to the vibrancy of Boston.

"Our Latinx residents are an essential part of Boston's cultural fabric, and we honor their contributions during Latinx Heritage Month and beyond," Mayor Wu said.

The City's Equity and Inclusion Cabinet and Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG) co-hosted their annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration on September 14 at 12 p.m., as well as a Central American Celebration event on September 17 at 11 a.m. to recognize the independence day of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Both events took place at City Hall Plaza.

On September 19, the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet and Latinx ERG co-hosted a Latinx Heritage Month celebration party on City Hall Plaza from 4 p.m. through 7 p.m., featuring food, music, dance, and other resources. Luz Johanna Pérez, Chair of the Latinx ERG said "Our annual Latinx Heritage Month celebration will showcase the cultural diversity within our city's Latinx diaspora." Gladys Oliveros, Latinx Cultural Liaison for the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet added "Latinx Heritage Month is our moment to be loud and proud of our culture and communities."

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The Boston Public Library also hosted resources and programming throughout Latinx Heritage Month to expand opportunities for residents to celebrate and learn about Latin American culture. Additionally, the City launched Fiesta en la Plaza - a series of four weekends featuring various cultural activities such as comparsa performances from various local artists; Afro-Antillean rhythms; Salsa dance classes; two films celebrating Latin American culture; a discussion on Afro-Latin arts; performances from youth dance groups; musical closings with Venezuelan harpist Eduardo Betancourt; among others - produced by Ágora Cultural Architects with support from the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture.

Kara Elliott-Ortega Chief of Arts & Culture said "Boston is home to so many incredible Latinx artists...Fiesta en la Plaza will be a celebration of art, joy, and community para todos!" Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg Principal & Co-Founder of Ágora added "Fiesta en la Plaza invites us to meet friends & families to celebrate everything that unites us."

In honor of National Latinx Heritage Month in Boston this year there are plenty of opportunities for residents to celebrate their culture through music, dance & film while learning more about their heritage in an inclusive environment that celebrates unity & diversity alike.

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