As Hispanic Heritage month approaches, it's time to check out what events you can attend to celebrate. From September 15 to October 15, here are some parades, festivals, and other events you don't want to miss.
What is Hispanic Heritage month?
Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as a way to celebrate the independence of several Latin and South American countries. The 15th of September marks the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. September 16, 18, and 21 mark the independence of Mexico, Chile, and Belize, respectively.
According to the official site, National Hispanic Heritage Month aims to celebrate the "histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America."
Hispanic Heritage events to attend this year
This year, there are plenty of parades, art, and music events to attend in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out our pick of free events to attend!
1. Hispanic Day Parade
Attend the annual parade on Sunday, October 13 as it marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th St to 72nd St at noon.
Attend the Panamanian Parade on Saturday, October 12, beginning at Franklin Ave and Bergen St in Crown Heights, Brooklyn at 10:30 am, and ends at a street fair in Prospect Park that goes until 7 pm. This event is free. Learn more about the parade here.
Enjoy the Argentine dance of Tango on Wednesday, September 25 at Pier 45 in West Village from 4 pm to 7 pm. Learn more about the event here.
Part of Celebrate Mexico Now, this film festival takes place on Wednesday October 9 and is one of Mexico's renowned gatherings for contemporary cinema. You can reserve free tickets and learn more here.
On Sunday, September 22, come enjoy the annual Hispanic Parade in Jackson Heights from 11 am to 4 pm. The parade will begin on 37th Avenue, and is free.
On Saturday, October 12 at the Newark Public Library, you can check out how Latino cultures have influenced the past and present world of fashion with this fashion show. The event is free, and includes live performances, art exhibits, and reception. Register to attend here.