Placita Latina festival arrives at Decatur, Avondale Estates during Hispanic Heritage Month – Decaturish
Decatur, Georgia – A group of Hispanic and Latino residents and professionals from Decatur and Avondale Estates have come together to plan a series of colorful, cultural and historical events in the two cities during Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15 .
Hispanic Heritage Month was created to promote the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans, from more than 30 countries and territories that make up Latin America. Communities across the United States are marking the achievements of Hispanics and Latin Americans with festivals and educational events, according to a press release.
The team of people at Decatur and Avondale saw an opportunity to bring these cultures to cities in a way that has never been done before. Placita Latina is a series of mini-events that showcase Hispanic and Latin performance, food and culture.
These events will include a mix of Latin-inspired music, dance, art, education and flavors:
– Latin American coffee tasting and outdoor performance La Placita + DJ Fernand F, co-branded with “Welcoming Avondale, Thursday September 16 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Banjo Coffee, 38 N. Avondale Road in Avondale Estates. The tasting will feature Mexican dance in the Huasteco style by Ballet Danceando. There will also be an after party with DJ Fernado F from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Beer Growler.
– Salsa On The Square and La Choloteca- Dj La Superior After Party on Saturday September 18th. The El Kartel salsa group will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dance lessons will be offered during this time. The Choloteca after dance party will take place from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with DJ La Superior. Both events will take place in Decatur Square. This event is sponsored by the Decatur Business Association.
– The Placita Latina Mercadito open-air pop-up market and dance performances will take place on Sunday, October 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lost Druid Brewery, 2866 Washington Street in Avondale Estates.
– The What Makes Us Who We Are event will celebrate Latinx artists and is a closing event of Placita Latina in partnership with the Decatur Arts Alliance. The artist’s showcase will take place on Friday, October 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Decatur Service Center, 113 avenue Clairemont, with La Choloteca-Dj Este.
The first two events also take place during Hospitality Week, which runs September 10-19, and are organized in conjunction with the Decatur and Avondale Hospitality Committees. Welcoming Week is an initiative of Welcoming America that represents a network of hosts around the world who strive to make their communities more welcoming, according to a press release.
Placita Latina also works with local businesses to provide them with tools to create their own Placita Latina promotions and events during the month-long celebration. About 25 companies participate. Arepa Mia at Avondale Estates will feature authentic Venezuelan arepas and food and present live guitar and panpipes by Mauricio Amaya on Friday, October 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Calle Latina in Decatur will be offering a special Latinx drink from Peru throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Taqueria Del Sol will host DJ La Choloteca on September 25 from noon to 1 p.m. during the West Ponce Music Stroll.
The Placita Latina team consists of two residents of Avondale Estates: the founders of the project, Adela Yelton and Mayte “Maria” Peck, the founders of the project, and five residents of Decatur, including Maria Álvarez, Kris Webb, Miguel Martinez and Hector and Christy Amador. The team is a diverse mix, including Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Peruvian Americans, Nicaraguans and their partners.
“I lost count of the number of times I was asked if I was from Mexico, even after I told them I was from Nicaragua. I know a lot of wonderful people from Mexico, but our cultures are very different, ”lvarez said in the press release. “Nicaragua has three countries. Once I explain this, they “get it”. For me, finding ways to educate people about the cultural richness and ethnic diversity of the Latin American people is so important – that’s why I love being a part of Placita Latina. Getting to know our neighbors can only build strength in our community. Plus, I never turn down a good party.
For more information on Placita Latina, visit the event website.
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