(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Sixth Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival, sponsored by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, got off to a rousing start as optimist soccer teams battled for the Barbara J. Jordan Cup. On Saturday, September, 22, more than 200 people showed up to Country Village Park to celebrate the rich Hispanic influence in the northwest corridor of Miami-Dade County.
“We had live Latin bands, folkloric presentations, creative artists who displayed their paintings, and talented sculptors who showcased their creations,” said Commissioner Jordan. “It was a colorful event as people wore native attire and the tents were decorated with colorful balloons representing the flags of Latin countries.”
Before the torrential rains abruptly ended the event, children stood in line for rock climbing and an opportunity to ride ponies. They also enjoyed the face-painting and caricature drawings and other activities.
“Although we were only able to enjoy a few hours of the event, families were still delighted with the festivities,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to bring activities such as this one to the residents of District 1.”
Sponsors for this year’s festival included Horsepower Electric, Odebrecht, Warren Henry Automobiles, MCM, Related Urban of UDG, Hispanic Coalition, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade Parks and Open Spaces Department, and Jackson North.
Left: Kids enjoy a day of rock climbing during the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Festival. Middle: A member of the Salzon jazz Band keeps attendees moving to the beat during the event. Right: Commissioner Jordan and members of the Hispanic Coalition shake it up at the festival.