Celebrating Latino culture

| August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Second annual celebration draws nearly 2,000

Crisma Propeza, 18, helped her little sister Gemma, 3, choose a cookie from the table provided by the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

Crisma Propeza, 18, helped her little sister Gemma, 3, choose a cookie from the table provided by the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

Nearly 2,000 people braved temperatures in the upper 90s to gather for the second annual Latino Family Day celebration at Como Park in St. Paul Aug. 25.

The event began with a prayer circle and included food, music and dancers, a soccer tournament and children’s games. More than 200 volunteers helped the event run smoothly.

Each of the 20 participating parishes competed in tamale, salsa and piñata contests.

A young girl tries her hand at breaking open the first of 20 piñatas that had been entered in the piñata contest. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

A young girl tries her hand at breaking open the first of 20 piñatas that had been entered in the piñata contest. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

Four-year-old Ariana Sanchez Vazquez from St. Joseph in Red Wing recited the creed to Bishop Lee Piché, center, during the celebration. Photo courtesy of Julie Meyer

Four-year-old Ariana Sanchez Vazquez from St. Joseph in Red Wing recited the creed to Bishop Lee Piché, center, during the celebration. Photo courtesy of Julie Meyer

Grupo de Chinelos San Pablo Apostol, a dance group of people from parishes across the Twin Cities, performed in the hot sun. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

Grupo de Chinelos San Pablo Apostol, a dance group of people from parishes across the Twin Cities, performed in the hot sun. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

 

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