Carrboro is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed nationally from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20.
“I encourage all residents to participate in the month’s events and to learn about and celebrate the lives, history, and contributions of Hispanic people during this month-long celebration and throughout the year,” said Mayor Damon Seils, who has proclaimed the observance in Carrboro.
According to the 2020 US Census, Hispanic and Latinx people make up approximately 13% of the population of Carrboro, the highest percentage in Orange County.
Some area events of note:
- Saturday, September 17, El Vínculo Hispano will hold La Fiesta de la Herencia Hispana in Siler City, which will feature music and dance, games and activities, arts and crafts, and food vendors
- Sunday, September 18, El Pueblo will hold La Fiesta del Pueblo, a celebration of Latin American culture on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh that will include live music and dance performances, visual and folk art exhibits, educational booths, and activities for the whole family
- September 25, El Futuro will hold its Hispanic Heritage Community Fiesta and its Fall Fundraiser & Art Auction on October 8, both in Durham
- October 14, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will host a Hispanic Heritage Month Community Celebration on the Carrboro Town Commons
- Throughout the month, the UNC Carolina Latinx Center is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with the theme “Vivir Mi Vida!” and has shared a calendar of events online at clc.unc.edu
This is a great time to recognize the contributions and achievements of Hispanic and Latinx people in the United States, to acknowledge their vital impact both locally and throughout the nation, and to celebrate these communities’ diversity, culture, and traditions. Read the proclamation at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions
Pictured are dancers from Takiri Folclor Latino https://takirifolclorlatino.com/ who performed at Carrboro's groundbreaking ceremony for The 203 Project on May 5, 2022.