Fiestas Patrias in downtown Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS — September 16 is Mexican Independence Day, and it’s much like 4th of July celebrations in america. In the meantime, Fiestas Patrias is going on tomorrow is downtown Colorado Springs and it’s a patriotic vacation competition marking the anniversary of Mexican independence from Spain.

The competition is going on outdoors of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum on the nook of Tejon St. and Vermijo Ave. It’s the first-ever Fiestas Patrias within the metropolis. Whereas it’s celebrated throughout the nation yearly, the native hispanic group is worked up the celebration is lastly occurring in Colorado Springs.

“I’m so excited for the fiesta to occur tomorrow. It is in all probability going to be one of many largest occasions for the hispanic group in a long time that we’ve had in Colorado Springs,” mentioned Jackie Jaramillo.

Jaramillo mentioned she’s bringing her whole household to the competition, together with her grandkids, to rejoice traditions.

“Everybody has been actually enthusiastic about Fiestas Patrias. And I feel it’s necessary to share our tradition. We apply radical hospitality in our properties, and when we’ve got fiestas at dwelling and events and celebrations, individuals at all times get pleasure from our meals and our music,” mentioned Jaramillo.

Many say an occasion like this has been wanted for some time. In earlier years, individuals would journey to Denver to rejoice.

“There’s about 130,000 hispanics in Colorado Springs, and nobody has ever seen an occasion like this earlier than. There’s a want for it,” mentioned Moni Hernandez. “It’s an occasion that they do in several cities all through the entire nation, nd it has by no means been executed right here in Colorado Springs. So we’re excited.”

Hernandez is the founding father of Fiestas Patrias. She mentioned when she first moved to town in 2011, there wasn’t a lot range or festivals that symbolize the hispanic group. That’s why she determined to carry a convention she grew up with to Colorado Springs.

“To see this, it is so thrilling. I received some telephone calls of individuals are simply simply thanking me, ‘thanks for placing on this occasion. Ee are so excited that we’re being acknowledged, and our tradition is being acknowledged,’” Hernandez mentioned.

“The tradition is, when there are occasions, they create the entire household. We’re trying ahead to seeing generations of household come to this occasion,” mentioned Hernandez. “However one of many largest issues that many individuals consider when too they hear Hispanic tradition, is the meals. Everyone loves the meals, proper?”

There might be stay hispanic music from all genres, conventional dancing and performances like presenting the Mexican nationwide anthem, ballet folklorico and mariachi bands. Plus there might be distributors, a automotive present, and naturally Mexican and Latin American meals.

“We’re overlaying Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Argentina. There are such a lot of Latin American nations that commemorate Fiestas Patrias,” mentioned Hernandez.

Whereas it is a celebration of independence, can also be sharing celebrations and traditions with others.

“This is a chance for the whole group to expertise that hospitality, and to expertise that distinctive style of the meals, and the celebration, and the music that can all be occurring there,” mentioned Jaramillo. “It’s actually greater than only a celebration for Hispanics. It’s for the entire group to expertise our tradition.”

The occasion begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning with free breakfast burritos given to all army and veterans. Concert events and performances start at 10 a.m. and the occasion ends at 7 p.m.

For extra details about Fiestas Patrias, click on right here.

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