If you haven’t heard, September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. With a population of 2.4 million Hispanic and Latino people living in the five boroughs, there is plenty of celebrating to do.
This year’s national theme is “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today.”
In case you aren’t familiar with the celebration, the 30-day observance — which begins on the day of independence for the countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua — has been honored since it was approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:
Although there’s only one week left in Hispanic Heritage Month, there are still some great ways to celebrate in New York City. We put together a list of different kind of activities. We hope you’ll find something that interests you!
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Top Ways to Celebrate
1. This year the National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating indigenous groups of Central America with its current exhibition called “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed. “ On October 11, Carlos Molina, the museum's Ambassador will be giving 45-minute guided tours of the exhibition.
2. On Your Feet! Is a new show at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway that starts Previews OCTOBER 5 for the NOVEMBER 5. It’s rousing love and success story of Cuban immigrants Emilio & Gloria Estefan who overcame many challenges to become multi-Grammy® winners and one of the biggest selling Latin artists of all time. You can find tickets here.
3. Women Pioneers Mexican Photography 1 Review. From October 6 to November 14th, the Throckmortan Fine Art Gallery is displaying photographs by European and American women in Mexico.
4. The Library of Congress has gathered audio files of famous Hispanic authors reading their work. From the comfort of your home you can listen to Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Carmen Boullosa and many, many more read their work. A great (and FREE) way to spend your afternoon.
5. Parades! If you love a parade as much as we do, bookmark this page because there are many opportunities throughout the year to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Parades. Here are a few parades that coincide with the Hispanic Heritage Month.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:30am, Brooklyn NY:20th Annual Panamanian Independence Day Parade. Parade starts at Bergen Street and Franklin Avenue; ends in a street fair at Classen Avenue between Eastern Parkway and President Street. Info: 1-718-605-1912; 1-347-885-3092; 1-917-402-5106.
Sunday October 11, 2015, Manhattan NY:Columbus Hispanic Day Parade
Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 70th Street
Saturday-Sunday October 17-18, 2015, Manhattan NY:Festival People en Español Jacob Javits Center, North Pavilion 608 West 40th Street (11th Avenue), 9:30am-5:00pm. Two days of FREE activities including musical performances featuring Henry Santos, Leslie Grace, Carlos Varela, Pee Wee and Jonael Santiago. Stars including Pitbull, Alejandra Espinoza, Gaby Espino, Alicia Machado, Dascha Polanco, Emilio & Gloria Estefan. Join us as we honor legendary actress Angélica María with the Ícono de People en Español. Info:firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: the new 7 train stop ("Hudson Yards") next to the Javits Center opens on September 13 (see news).
Sunday, October 18, 2015, Queens NY:Queens Bolivian Parade. 37th Avenue, 69th Street to 86th Street.
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