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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated In Stratford

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Celebrate Hispanic culture at The Latin Music festival on Sunday, September 17th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Paradise Green

By Town of Stratford

The Town of Stratford will recognize Hispanic Heritage Month with a ceremony at the Town Hall Green on Friday, September 15th at 9:00 a.m.  Mayor Laura R. Hoydick will join members of the Stratford Hispanic Heritage Committee in ringing in Hispanic Heritage Month. Father Peter Adamski of St. James Church will provide a blessing.  Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th, and the Flag of the Hispanicity will be raised at Town Hall.

The Town of Stratford will continue to celebrate Hispanic culture at The Latin Music festival on Sunday, September 17th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Paradise Green.

The Latin Music Festival will feature:

11:45 a.m. DJ Edgar

12:15 Opening Ceremony

1:15 Ballet Folkorico Dominicano

2:00 Orquesta Salsa Dinamica

2:50 Latin Rhythm Dancers

3:20 Stratford Shotokan Karate

3:40 Orquesta Afinke

4:30 CT Tango Festival: Argentinian Tango

5:15 Orquesta Afinke

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th as this is when Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Guatemala all observe their Independence Day.  Also, Mexico, on September 16th and Chile, September 18th, celebrate their Independence Day.

Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month has a theme: The 2023 theme is Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America.

There are 20 Hispanic countries and one Hispanic territory: Puerto Rico is the only Hispanic territory. Countries where Spanish is the official language are Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Panama, Venezuela, and Equatorial Guinea.

Spanish is the second most popular language in the nation: After English, Spanish is the most spoken language in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 40 million people are Spanish speakers.

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